By David Martinez
Last week, Ecuadorian revolutionaries issued a statement and carried out actions in solidarity with the League of Poor Peasants in Brazil (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres). The solidarity comes as the LCP faces persistent violent attacks from the military government of Brazil, which is backing the large landowners in the countryside threatening the peasants living at the Tiago Campin dos Santos and Ademar Ferreira settlements.
A statement posted to the website of the Front for the Defense of the People’s Struggles of Ecuador (FLDP-EC, Frente de Defensa de Luchas del Pueblo del Ecuador) reads:
More than 3000 military troops supported by paramilitaries and mercenaries are indiscriminately attacking the peasants with the use of lethal weapons against the men, women, and children of the people who have given themselves the means to fight and resist as it corresponds to an organization that has correct ideological leadership.”
The LCP organizes peasants to carry out land seizures, to provide land to those who will live and work on it, establishing camps and settlements where peasants exercise democracy and self-organization. Rather than expecting the old Brazilian State to serve the peasants’ needs, the LCP calls for agrarian revolution to overthrow the big landlords, known as the latifundium, who dominate the Brazilian countryside. The landlords own land by colonial inheritance or through illegal seizure, which they open up and sell off to imperialist monopolies for large agribusiness operations and the extraction of natural resources.
The FLDP-EC statement highlights that the attacks on the LCP are not only in response to its actions against the landlords, but also for its support for Chairman Gonzalo (Abimael Guzman Reynoso). In October, Brazilian peasants conducted a massive demonstration to honor Chairman Gonzalo, the leader of the Communist Party of Peru whose ideas are being applied in revolutionary movements around the world. Gonzalo was killed by the reactionary Peruvian State under the orders of US imperialism this past September 11:
The offensive of the reaction not only responds to the landowners’ need to neutralize the League of Poor Peasants, but also to strike at this organization for having paid respect and homage to the memory of Chairman Gonzalo.
“The reaction, the landowners, and imperialism are daydreaming if they believe that there is any humane way to strip the peasants of their energy and just aims to fight for the conquest of the land at any cost, much less to give up their right to embrace and raise the flags that Chairman Gonzalo raised.”
The FLDP-EC goes on to state that the struggle of the Brazilian peasants mirrors the struggle of all the poor peasants of countries in the Third World, which must follow a path of agrarian revolution, new democratic revolution, and on towards socialist revolution. The statement ends expressing the Ecuadorians’ resolute solidarity with the Brazilian peasants:
We are condemned to win, to conquer the land, to defeat imperialism, to destroy semi-feudalism, bureaucratic capitalism and to smash revisionism. There is no way it will be different, whatever it costs, we will fight, we will resist and we will triumph, that is how it will be.
“Comrades from the Tiago Campin dos Santos and Ademar Ferreira camps, we are with your struggles, your blood is our blood, your victories, our victories.”
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