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Week in Struggle: January 7-13

Brazil

Last week, in Pará, graffiti, posters, and a banner were documented in support of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)] and against the counterrevolutionary military operation Prahaar-3. In India, fascist president Narendra Modi initiated Prahaar-3 to try to end the People’s War waged by the CPI (Maoist). All carried the slogans “Down with Operation Prahaar-3! Long live the People’s War in India! Long Live the CPI (Maoist)!” The banner and graffiti featured the hammer and sickle.

The People’s Solidarity Committee in Ananindeua (CSPA, Comitê de Solidariedade Popular de Ananindeua) hosted a Christmas event on December 23 oriented towards mothers and children. At the event, a CSPA representative told the attendees about their work and the need to organize through CSPA to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, struggle for their rights, and demand COVID-19 vaccinations for children. While the children played games, the mothers expressed great interest in continuing the work, including a proposal for a cleaning task force, providing tutoring for children, and continually collecting food for distribution. A banner at the event read, “Defend with tooth and nail the right of young children to study and learn,” as the Brazilian State is limiting access to education under the pretext of COVID-19. The National Executive of Pedagogy Students, a student group that developed due to these attacks on education, signed the banner. At the end of the event, food baskets assembled from collections throughout the year were distributed. 

Throughout November and December, members of the A Nova Democria Support Committee of Porto Alegre distributed a special print edition on Chairman Gonzalo. In 2021, the reactionary Peruvian State assassinated Chairman Gonzalo, the ideological leader of the World Proletarian Revolution, after decades of solitary confinement, inhumane conditions, and torture. Brazilian revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia published this edition dedicated to Chairman Gonzalo as part of the campaign to defend his leadership and all-powerful Thought (his ideological contributions that guide the Peruvian Revolution). The Support Committee members held a banner that read, “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” Members spoke through a megaphone to explain the importance of Chairman Gonzalo. 

On December 29, the A Nova Democracia Support Committee in Curitiba distributed and sold newspapers. During the outing, members of the Support Committee spoke to people about Comrade Luzivaldo de Souza Araujo. Luzivaldo de Souza Araujo, a peasant political prisoner, is at risk of death due to the Brazilian State’s brutal prison system. The Brazilian State targets peasants who fight in defense of their land like de Souza Araujo. During the outing, Support Committee members held a banner that read, “Immediate freedom for Luzivaldo!” Members of the Support Committee denounced the Brazilian State and received strong support from the community. Those who spoke to the members expressed their frustration at state repression and poverty in Brazil. 

Read More: Political Prisoner at Risk of Death, Peasants Mobilize in Defense

On December 7, the  A Nova Democracia Support Committee in Sao Luis held a distribution brigade promoting the newspaper’s democratic and revolutionary political lines. Members of the Support Committee spoke against the Brazilian State’s attacks on public education and held a banner reading, “Against funding cuts in education!” 

Germany

On January 9, over 2,000 people marched in the Lenin-Liebknecht-Luxemburg (LLL) March in Berlin, Germany, to mark the 103th anniversary of the murder of historic Communist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, the founders of the Communist Party of Germany. Banners at the march displayed slogans such as “Unite under Maoism” and “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo.” The Internationalist Collective Berlin mobilized a joint bloc within the march composed of revolutionaries from various countries, such as the Partizans, from Turkey. In defiance of the continued state of emergency and the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the reactionary German State, thousands took the streets.

On January 7, the 17th anniversary of the murder of Oury Jalloh, an asylum-seeker who died in a fire in a police cell in Dessau, Germany, over 1,500 people marched in Dessau. Police tortured Jalloh in a jail cell in 2001 before it was set on fire to cover up the crime. The police ruled his death as suicide. In speeches, attendees repeatedly denounced imperialism as the cause of the exploitation and oppression migrants face in imperialist countries. Demonstrators threw incendiary devices at the public prosecutor’s office during the march. The march continued with a militant attitude despite police intimidation.

France

The Young Revolutionaries chapter of Rennes tabled and sold the revolutionary French newspaper La Cause du Peuple in the Villejean-Kennedy neighborhood. Those tabling discussed their ongoing boycott of the bourgeois elections in France.

Ireland

On January 7, in Dublin, Ireland, members of the Socialist Republicans and Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland carried out actions in honor of the late Jose Fonseca de Aruajo, also known as Comrade Pele, one of the founders of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres) in the western Brazilian states of Rondonia and Western Amazonia. Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland states that it “stands in solidarity with the LCP and the poor peasants of Brazil who are involved in an Agrarian Revolution to retake the people’s land from those who stole it. Victory to the LCP! Victory to the Agrarian Revolution in Brazil!” Graffiti was seen at the event with slogans reading, “Comrade Pele is immortal” and “Long Live LCP!”

Read More: Comrade Pele, Present in the Struggle

United States

This week in Austin, Texas, graffiti on a trailer reading, “Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, down with revisionism!” in honor of Chairman Mao’s 128th birthday was documented. The slogan calls on revolutionaries to take up and unite under the red banner of Maoism and combat revisionism (false Marxism that strips it of its revolutionary principles).

Elsewhere in the city, graffiti was documented calling to unite workers against capitalist crimes and urging on the fight for people’s justice for the workers of Mayfield, Kentucky, and Edwardsville, Illinois, killed during the tornadoes that tore through the two cities. Workers were threatened with firing if they left their workplace to seek better shelter and be with their families, and instead forced to stay at poorly constructed buildings that collapsed in on them.

The graffiti reads, “Workers’ deaths on capitalists’ hands! Fight for Edwardsville and Mayfield!” and “Unite workers to fight capitalist crime! People’s justice for Edwardsville and Mayfield!” 

Graffiti urging on the fight for people’s justice for Alex Gonzales was seen in Austin last week. January 5 marks the first anniversary of the murder of Gonzales by Austin Police Department (APD) officers Gabriel Gutierrez and Luis Serrato. Plainclothes officer Gutierrez murdered Gonzales after chasing him in a fit of road rage, shooting Gonzales and his partner while their two-month-old infant was in the back seat. After arriving on the scene as backup, Serrato fired 10 shots at the unarmed Gonzales, killing him. All through last year, Gonzales’s family and activists in Austin fought for people’s justice for Gonzales and will continue to fight until people’s justice is served.

In Jacksonville, Florida, Tribune promotional posters were documented in various neighborhoods.

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