By Tribune of the People
Revolutionary organizations and people worldwide have mobilized over recent weeks to strengthen the campaign to defend the life and health of Chairman Gonzalo (Dr. Abimael Guzman Reynoso), the leader of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP, Partido Comunista del Perú) and Peruvian Revolution. Chairman Gonzalo has been held in total isolation for 29 years in a maximum security prison at the Callao Naval Base. Through this inhuman treatment, the Peruvian State, with the backing of US imperialism, hopes to kill him, using his advanced age and medical conditions as a cover for their protracted assassination.
Actions for the campaign have taken place in Latin America, North America, and Europe. Peoples organizations and revolutionary formations have issued statements as part of the campaign. Tribune of the People has published our own statement, “Move Heaven and Earth to Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo!“
For more detailed background on the current situation of Chairman Gonzalo read our unofficial translation of an article written by Brazilian revolutionary newspaper A Nova Democracia, “Global Campaign Denounces New Attempt to Annihilate Chairman Gonzalo“
Tribune also encourages reading an important statement by the Peru People’s Movement (MPP, Movimiento Popular Peru), the organization which carries out the PCP’s work abroad. The statement, “Political Situation and the Task of the Defence of President Gonzalo“, provides a deeper understanding of the political context in Peru, especially with regards to the recent elections.
Tribune will have continuing coverage of actions and statements as they are reported.
On August 17, the Orlando Tribune Support Committee held a screening of the documentary “You Must Tell The World,” which documents the campaign to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo soon after his arrest on 1992. The event began with an introduction of the movie and a brief explanation of who Gonzalo is along with the efforts of the old State to assassinate him.
After the film, the Orlando Support Committee explained Gonzalo’s current status and the threats he’s currently facing from the old Peruvian State. Attendees and hosts discussed the movie and the treatment of Chairman Gonzalo in the past and present, debunked the claim that the People’s War in Peru was defeated, and condemned libel thrown at Chairman Gonzalo and the Communist Party of Peru. Those in attendance were further inspired to take up the essential campaign to defend Chairman Gonzalo in the wake of recent threats to his life, taking a photo together while holding a banner that read, “Move heaven and earth to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!”
In multiple cities over the past few weeks, graffiti has been documented with slogans such as “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!” “Move heaven and earth to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!” and “Long live Chairman Gonzalo!” accompanied by hammers and sickles. Spanish slogans were also seen in Los Angeles.
A red banner reading “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!” with a hammer and sickle was documented in Pittsburgh.
The Brazilian Center of Solidarity with the People (CEBRASPO, Centro Brasileño de Solidaridad con los Pueblos), which raises awareness of political struggles in Brazil and worldwide, published a statement in defense of the life of Chairman Gonzalo.
Resistência Camponesa (Peasant Resistance), a journal covering the struggle of Brazilian peasants published a video from the National Commission of the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres) titled “Salute to the glorious Peruvian Revolution! Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo and his all-powerful Thought!” The video shows footage and photos from the Brazilian peasants movement as the Internationale is sung. Images of solidarity actions carried out by the peasants for Chairman Gonzalo are shown, concluding with a group of peasants chanting, “Long live the People’s War in Peru!” and to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo.
The Front for the Defense of the People’s Struggles – Ecuador (FLDP-EC, Frente de Defensa de las Luchas del Pueblo del Ecuador) posted a statement “Protect the Health and Life of Chairman Gonzalo!“
“Today, at 86 years of age and in prison conditions, he suffers from serious health problems, therefore, the proletariat and people of Ecuador demand that the State and government of Peru arrange for all his health, physical, and psychological requirements to be met; in addition, they must proceed with his immediate release.”
The International Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) issued a statement titled “Let Us Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo!“
The comrades write:
“Today, we believe that Gonzalo’s People’s War line is the only way of salvation for the revolutionary struggle of the Peruvian people. In the spirit of internationalism we support the Peruvian People’s War under the leadership of the Party.”
At the University of Bremen train station a banner was hung reading, “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo” in German and Spanish. Elsewhere, graffiti was painted
Slogans in Spanish were documented in Freiburg reading “Protect the life and health of Chairman Gonzalo!”
In Essen, large prints of the statement written by the Front for the Defense of the People’s Struggles Ecuador (FLDP-EC, Frente de Defensa de las Luchas del Pueblo del Ecuador) in defense of the life of Chairman Gonzalo were documented.
In Bergen, graffiti art reading, “Long live the PKP (Norwegian acronym for the PCP)” and “Long live Chairman Gonzalo” was documented. In Oslo, graffiti was also documented reading, “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!” with a hammer and sickle.
In Tampere, a demonstration was held as part of the international campaign to defend Chairman Gonzalo. A group of revolutionaries distributed leaflets, hung banners, and gave speeches to explain the role of Chairman Gonzalo, the history of the international campaign, and its recent developments, with particular attention being paid to the recent attempts to assassinate him. The banners included a photo of him during his famous “Speech of the Century,” as well as the slogan “Defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!”
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