Week in Struggle: October 29-November 4

Turkey

The Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) militants put up a banner in honor of martyrs who died in Turkey’s People War in the fall of 2020. The banner reads, “Nubar, Rosa, Özgür, Asmin live in our struggle, TIKKO [Turkish Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants] fights.” Flyer reading, “TIKKO calls on you to fight” were also distributed.

Brazil

On the 7th anniversary of the murder of Cleomar Rodrigues de Almeida Brazilian peasants from the Cleomar Rodrigues de Almeida Revolutionary Area paid tribute to Comrade Cleomar who was killed by landlords in 2015. Cleomar was a leader in the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres) that lived and struggled alongside the peasants who held the event in his honor. The Revolutionary Area is located in the municipality of Pedras de Maria da Cruz, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. A Popular Assembly was held to discuss Cleomar’s dedication to the struggle for land and the need for an agrarian revolution in Brazil. At another ceremony held two days later by the Popular Women’s Movement (MFP, Movimiento Feminino Popular), peasants sang revolutionary songs and raised the slogans: “Land, land, for those who work on it! Long live the agrarian revolution, now! Death, death to the landowners and the bourgeoisie!”, and “Long live the power of the workers and peasants!”

The Support Committee for the revolutionary Brazilian newspaper A Nova Democracia in Sao Paulo sold newspapers downtown. Members spoke about the crisis of overproduction and denounced the genocidal Bolsonaro government, specifically the illegal military operation against the peasants of the Tiago dos Santos Settlement. Activists raised a banner with the slogan “All support for the Tiago dos Santos Settlement in Rondonia.” Rondonia is a state in the west of Brazil where the Settlement is located. 

On October 22, the A Nova Democracia Support Committee in the capital city of Curitiba, Parana, distributed a special edition of A Nova Democracia, dedicated to Chairman Gonzalo. Members spoke to people about the police and military attacks on the poor peasants of the Tiago Campin dos Santos Settlement and how a democratic revolution was needed because it would aim to destroy imperialist exploitation, the large landlords in the countryside, and bureaucratic capitalism in Brazil.

The A Nova Democracia Support Committee in Florianópolis, in the state of Santa Catarina, in the south region of Brazil, sold newspapers on October 23. The newspaper edition covered the economic crisis in Brazil, the genocidal government of President Jair Bolsonaro, and the assassination of Chairman Gonzalo. The committee members denounced the lies told about Chairman Gonzalo and spoke on his monumental contributions to the International Communist Movement.

On October 29, the Rio de Janeiro A Nova Democracia Support Committee held a banner that read, “Chairman Gonzalo lives!” and sold A Nova Democracia’s special edition newsprint on Chairman Gonzalo and denounced the old Peruvian State and Yankee Imperialism for his assassination. Members talked about Chairman Gonzalo’s life and contributions to the international proletariat.

On September 26, students, teachers, and groups including the National Executive of Pedagogy Students (ExNEPe, Executiva Nacional dos Estudantes de Pedagogia) held protests throughout Brazil demanding scholarship payments. The genocidal government of Bolsonaro has refused payment to poor students who need it most and has cut the Ministry of Science funding by 87 percent as part of continuing attacks on education. Protesters blocked highways in the northeastern city of Recife, who successfully resisted police. Banners read, “Against education funding cuts!” “For Science and Education!” “Knock down the university walls!” and “Serve the people in the countryside and the city!”

Mexico

During the Day of the Dead, Mexican revolutionaries commemorated Chairman Gonzalo. The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in various Latin American countries to commemorate loved ones who have passed away. At the event, revolutionaries created an image of Chairman Gonzalo’s face with colored sand, flowers, and other materials. Chairman Gonzalo, the greatest communist of the modern era, was assassinated by the reactionary old Peruvian state on September 11, 2021. Images of other Mexican revolutionaries and militants were also included. The display had a hammer and sickle, the logo of the Current of the People – Red Sun (CP-Sol Rojo, Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo), and the phrase “The color of blood never forgets, the massacred will be avenged.”

Germany

In Bremen, revolutionaries gave a lecture on the Indian counter-revolutionary military operation, known as Operation ‘Prahaar,’ launched by the old Indian State against the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)] and the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA). The event condemned the terror of the old Indian State, which coordinates with imperialist powers, and the orator spoke further on the People’s War in India. Activists echoed the call for international solidarity actions with the CPI (Maoist) and against Operation ‘Prahaar.’

In Hamburg and Bremen, activists and revolutionaries rallied in solidarity with the poor Brazilian peasants who valiantly retook their land after being evicted. Dozen of families were evicted from the Tiago Campin dos Santos and the Ademar Ferreira Settlements, in Nova Mutum Parana, a district in the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia. Three spontaneous rallies were held in Bremen. The rally in Hamburg was held in front of the Brazilian embassy. The demonstrators handed out pamphlets, waved red flags with the Brazilian abbreviation for the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres), and held a banner with the slogan, “Down with the criminalization of the struggle for land!” 

In Bremen, graffiti in solidarity with the ongoing revolutionary struggles in Ecuador was seen. The slogan reads, “Long live the struggle of the Ecuadorian people” with a hammer and sickle.

France

In Rennes, graffiti was documented condemning the police murder of Zyed, 15, and Bouna, 17. The two young boys were murdered by the police in 2005. The graffiti reads, “Zyed, Bouna, we don’t forget. we don’t forgive,” “Faced with the police State, it is right to rebel,” and “Police violence, popular response.” On the anniversary of the murder of the two boys, October 27, a protest against the police was held in Clichy-sous-Bois. Protests continued for three weeks in more than 300 districts in France and came to a head with the explosion of a tear grenade fired by police near the Clichy mosque.

In Caen, members of the Yellow Vest movement protested the recent increase in the prices of gas, electricity, fuel, food, and rent. Protesters set barricades on fire and denounced the inadequacy of the 100 Euros the old French State is giving to people who make less than 2,000 Euros a month, declaring that this is not enough and that it wouldn’t stop the people from rebelling. Posters read, “Stop the price increase! Let’s rebel” and “Capitalism is killing us!” Attendees waved red flags. 

Finland

In Tampere, activists held an educational event on the League of Poor Peasants and the current struggle in the Tiago Campin dos Santos Settlement. A text from the LCP was read at the beginning of the event. 

United States

Graffiti and posters commemorating the life and contributions of Chairman Gonzalo were reported in Austin, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; and Waukegan, Illinois. Chairman Gonzalo (Abimael Guzman Reynoso) died on September 11, 2021, following 29 years of a prolonged assassination by the old Peruvian State, backed by US imperialism. Chairman Gonzalo is the celebrated leader of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP, Partido Comunista del Peru) and the Peruvian Revolution. He is the greatest Communist of the modern era, who developed Maoism as the highest stage of the ideology of the international proletariat. The slogans read, “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!”, “Long live Chairman Gonzalo!”, “Long live the Communist Party of Peru!”, and “Long live the People’s War in Peru!”

Wheeling

The Tribune of the People Support Committee in Wheeling, West Virginia stood at a street intersection and spoke to people waiting at the red light about how bourgeois media is refusing to identify Pittsburgh police officer Keith L. Edmonds as the officer who killed Jim Rogers, an unarmed, homeless Black man. Members held posters that read, “PGH officer Keith Edmonds killed Jim Rogers,” and “People’s Justice for Jim Rogers.”

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, graffiti identifying Pittsburgh police officer Keith L. Edmonds as the killer of Jim Rogers, an unarmed, homeless Black man, was documented.

Graffiti promoting the election boycott of the general elections for the mayor, city council, constables, and magisterial district judges, held on November 2 was seen throughout Pittsburgh. The graffiti reads, “Elections no! Revolution yes!” alongside the hammer and sickle.

Los Angeles

On November 2, Serve the People – Los Angeles, Oxnard Revolutionary Study Group, and People’s Struggle – San Fernando Valley held a rally at an intersection in the City of San Fernando to rally people to fight for people’s justice for Guillermo Amezcua. Amezcua was murdered in April by the San Fernando Police Department. Supporters gave speeches highlighting the old State as an enemy of the people that will never give the people the justice they deserve. Afterward, the organizations headed to Guillermo’s memorial site where they met with members of the Amezcua family and brought flowers and candles.

Graffiti in solidarity with the Current of the People – Red Sun was documented in Northeast Los Angeles. The graffiti calls for Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia to be presented alive. He was forcefully disappeared in 2018 by the reactionary Mexican State for defending 23 CP-Sol Rojo militants. The graffiti reads, “Present Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia alive!”, and “Long live the Current of the People – Red Sun!”


Tribune of the People promotional posters were documented in Waukegan, Illinois.

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