Editors’ Note: The Communist Party of Peru and the Communist Party of Brazil (Red Fraction) issued a joint statement last month raising the call for an international day of action on September 24 to commemorate Chairman Gonzalo (Abimael Guzman Reynoso). The date represents the 29th anniversary of his historic Transcendental Speech, also known as the Speech from the Cage, which was delivered as the fascist Peruvian State sought to parade Chairman Gonzalo in front of the monopoly media in cage following his capture. However, instead of dealing a blow to the morale of the Peruvian revolution, Chairman Gonzalo turned the spotlight against the old State, remaining steadfast in his call to support and develop the People’s War in Peru and the World Proletarian Revolution.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) released a statement declaring:
Our Central Committee calls upon the proletariat, oppressed nations and people of the world to strongly condemn the malicious behavior of the American imperialism, Peruʹs comprador government, and military towards comrade Gonzalo while he was serving his punishment in [the] naval base. [“Comprador” refers to private monopoly capitalists of an oppressed country who help sell their countries out to imperialism. -Ed.] Our CC also appeals to carry forward and intensify the peoplesʹ war against imperialism and the comprador bureaucratic bourgeois and feudalism in their respected countries. Our CC appeals to workers of all countries to unite, fight, defeat, and wipe out imperialism.”
The Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist Leninist (TKP/ML), Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist), and the (Marxist-Leninist) Workers’ Party – Spanish State issued a joint statement which reads:
Abimael Guzmán (Gonzalo) was determined that the Peruvian revolution and people will gain victory with ‘protracted people’s war’ against the Peruvian dictatorial regime and imperialists. As a matter of fact, in a period when the world communist movement is known for the dominance of revisionist lines, Gonzalo and the PCP, for 12 years (1980-1992), conducted an effective revolutionary struggle. This struggle was a revolutionary struggle that inspires the Latin American people in a period when the US and CIA constantly interferes with Latin America and directed the state’s assassination machines.”
In the Turkish province of Muğla a banner with the slogan “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo” accompanied by the hammer and sickle was documented.
Read our full coverage of actions carried out in Brazil in honor of Chairman Gonzalo.
The Communist Party of Ecuador– Red Sun published a statement on October 1, alongside pictures of militants carrying red flags and paying tribute to Chairman Gonzalo. The statement reads,
Chairman Gonzalo will live in every fight undertaken, in every drop of bloodshed, in every victory that we wrest from imperialism and reaction; Chairman Gonzalo will live forever in the hearts and in the struggles of the class and the oppressed peoples of the world.”
The Front for the Defense of the People’s Struggles, the Poor Peasant Committees, and other organizations paid tribute to Chairman Gonzalo with actions including speeches, posters, and banner drops.
A banner with the slogan “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo! People’s War until Communism!” and two flags with the hammer and sickle were hung on a pedestrian bridge in Medellín.
On September 24, the International Day of Action for Chairman Gonzalo, graffiti reading, “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” “Follow the example of Chairman Gonzalo! Organize the people for revolution in Colombia!” and “Long live Chairman Gonzalo and the People’s War in Peru! Down with revisionism!” accompanied by the hammer and sickle was documented in Medellín.
Read the translation of the statement by the Communist Party of Colombia (Red Faction) and other actions carried out in Colombia in honor of Chairman Gonzalo.
On the International Day of Action for Chairman Gonzalo, revolutionaries in Chile gathered to create a mural that featured art from the People’s War in Peru, a quote from “We Are the Initiators,” a document written by the Communist Party of Peru, and a portrait of Chairman Gonzalo. The text on the mural reads, “Prepare the People’s War! Do not vote! Discard electoral illusions. Power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” The quote reads, “We carry power on the muzzles of our rifles, it dwells on our minds, throbs in our hands, and it will always burn in our hearts.” After creating the mural, the revolutionaries gave speeches that highlighted the importance of Chairman Gonzalo to the world proletarian revolution and his legacy.
In Chillán, the People’s Revolutionary Front signed graffiti reading, “Long live Chairman Gonzalo and his all-powerful thought” and “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo.”
Graffiti featuring the hammer and sickle, stencils of Chairman Gonzalo, and the slogans “Not even death was able to defeat you!” and “Long live Chairman Gonzalo!” were signed by Sol Rojo. More actions from Mexican revolutionaries are forthcoming.
Read the full coverage of the meeting and march held to honor Chairman Gonzalo in Bangladesh.
The Maoist Group, China released a statement titled, “Chairman Gonzalo is immortal in the flames of revolution!” that closes by connecting Chairman Gonzalo’s teachings to the present situation in China:
Revolutionaries must keep his teachings in their hearts, wipe off their tears and continue the struggle, learn and grasp Maoism, devote themselves to revolutionary practice, these are the best way to mourn Chairman Gonzalo. Revolutionaries in China must work even harder to carry out the urgent task of reconstituting the Maoist and militarized Communist Party – a task that has been pending since October 1976 – to initiate People’s War and take pack proletarian state power. Finally, we call to boycott the ongoing electoral farce of the county- and township-level People’s Congress that dresses up the Chinese fascist rule and to expose the fascist nature of Chinese social-imperialism.”
The Communist Group (Maoist) emphasized Chairman Gonzalo’s importance for Chinese revolutionaries in their statement, “Eternal Glory to Chairman Gonzalo: The Struggle Continues”:
Especially, we want to emphasize Chairman Gonzalo’s view on the Chinese Revolution. After the counter-revolutionary coup of 1976, Chairman Gonzalo pointed out the fact of capitalist restoration in China. Chairman Gonzalo refuted Deng Xiaoping’s distortion of Mao Zedong Thought, and exposed Deng Xiaoping’s crime of restoring capitalism and dreaming of making China a superpower in the next century. Chairman Gonzalo pointed out, revolutionaries in China must walk the road of People’s War again to be able to overthrow the rule of revisionists and rebuild the dictatorship of the proletariat.”
Arab Maoists commemorated Chairman Gonzalo in their statement, “Glory and Eternity to Chairman Gonzalo, the Son and the Great Leader of the World Proletariat!” Speaking on his transcendental speech given after he was captured, and they write:
The fight against revisionism and the deviations that emerge throughout the course of the revolution side by side with the fight against imperialism and its lackeys is the path that comrade Gonzalo practiced while leading the process of reconstitution of the Communist Party of Peru and creating the foundations for the initiation and outbreak of People’s War in that country. He practiced it internationally in the face of revisionism and within the international communist movement and the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement and urged us to lead it.”
In Northern Syria, the Brigade of Martyr Nubar Auzanian stood in military formation as a speech on Chairman Gonzalo was given.
On September 24, an educational gathering was held on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of Chairman Gonzalo’s transcendental speech. The statement published by the Peru People’s Movement following the assassination of Chairman Gonzalo was read aloud, his contributions to Marxism were explained, and a video of his transcendental speech was shown. Posters with the slogans “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” and “People’s War until Communism!” were reported in Copenhagen.
Deomocratic newspaper Nouvelle Époque shared a video of revolutionaries in Lyon and Saint-Etienne commemorating Chairman Gonzalo with fireworks and banners with the slogans “Defend the Thought of Chairman Gonzalo” and “Long live Chairman Gonzalo.”
Revolutionary French newspaper La Cause du Peuple shared pictures of graffiti and other propaganda with the slogans “Long live Chairman Gonzalo,” “Honor and Glory to Chairman Gonzalo,” “Long live the People’s War until Communism,” and “Long live Marxism-Leninism- Maoism” were documented.
Multiple paintings in honor of Chairman Gonzalo were documented throughout Galicia as reported by Galiza Vermelha. Slogans read, “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo! Long live the People’s War of Peru!”
In Helsinki, revolutionaries rallied outside the Peruvian embassy. Revolutionaries gave speeches condemning the assassination of Chairman Gonzalo and paid tribute to Chairman Gonzalo’s contributions to Marxism. Peruvian revolutionary songs were sung, and the slogans “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” “Gonzalo’s Thought lives on in us!” “Long live the Communist Party of Peru!” and “People’s War until Communism!” were shouted.
A celebration in honor of Chairman Gonzalo was held in Kristiansand. Activists hung up posters and banners for Chairman Gonzalo with the slogan “Eternal glory to Chairman Gonzalo.”
In Taranto and Palermo banners and posters with the slogan “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo, leader of the Peruvian revolution, great Marxist-Leninist-Maoist communist” were reported.
In Milan, revolutionaries agitated outside of the Peruvian consulate, condemning the old Peruvian State for assassinating Chairman Gonzalo. Afterwards, a banner was tied to a highly-trafficked median strip.
In Aquila, a large banner with Chairman Gonzalo’s face and the slogan “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo, leader of the Peruvian Revolution, great Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist” was reported.
A mural depicting a scene of Popular Women’s Movement (MFP, Movimiento Femenino Popular) members in a women’s prison in Lima, Peru, was documented in Hamburg. The painting includes a portrait of Chairman Gonzalo, MFP members carrying red flags, and the slogan, “Eternal Glory to Chairman Gonzalo!”
On September 24, revolutionaries held a screening of the documentary You Must Tell the World, which covers the initial campaign to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo immediately after his capture, in Berlin, Bremen, and Freiburg.
In Düsseldorf, revolutionaries from Germany and Turkey held a militant rally in front of the Peruvian consulate. Speeches given by attendees addressed Chairman Gonzalo’s contributions to Marxism and defended his leadership.
At this year’s rally for Ivana Hoffmann, a young revolutionary from Duisburg who died in 2015 fighting the Islamic State, activists unfurled a banner with the slogan “Eternal glory to Chairman Gonzalo” and chanted in support of Chairman Gonzalo and the PCP.
In Hamburg, a banner and graffiti were documented with the slogan “Eternal glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” The banner included a depiction of Chairman Gonzalo and a hammer and sickle.
Revolutionary Turkish organizations Partizan and Revolutionary Democracy (Devrimci Demokrasi) held an educational event in Ludwigsburg, Germany. They summarized Chairman Gonzalo’s life, explained the history of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP, Partido Comunista del Peru), and then answered questions from the audience. The event honored Chairman Gonzalo and other revolutionary martyrs.
In Vienna, Linz, St. Pölten, and Tyrol, local revolutionaries hung large banners in honor of Chairman Gonzalo and his transcendental speech. The banners read, “Chairman Gonzalo is immortal,” “Raise the Chairman’s great red banner,” and “Long live the Communist Party of Peru.”
In Linz, an event was organized in honor of Chairman Gonzalo, the People’s War in Peru, the Communist Party of Peru, and the history of the Party.
In the early morning of September 24, revolutionaries rallied at Tnr Farms, a local agricultural field in Oxnard, answering the call to honor the life and contributions of Chairman Gonzalo by going directly to the workers. The revolutionaries gave speeches on Gonzalo’s life, his role in leading the Communist Party of Peru, and the People’s War. Attendees sang revolutionary songs and performed street theater during the rally. Despite a foreman calling the police to intimidate the revolutionaries, workers showed enthusiasm when approached and given Tribune articles on Chairman Gonzalo. Afterwards, revolutionaries rallied at the Duda Farm Fresh Inc. celery-processing facility.
Revolutionaries held an action outside of the Peruvian consulate in honor of Chairman Gonzalo on September 24, in response to the call made by the Communist Party of Peru and the Communist Party of Brazil (Red Fraction). An attendee gave a speech condemning the old Peruvian State for murdering the greatest Communist of our era while others stood in line holding red flags and a banner reading, “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” “Long live the People’s War in Peru!” and “Proletarians of all countries unite!”
Tribune Official Supporters held an event in honor of Chairman Gonzalo’s life. The event started with attendees singing the Internationale as pictures of international actions for Chairman Gonzalo were shown in the background. Two supporters gave speeches at the event and explained the importance of Chairman Gonzalo and the need to organize under the banner of Maoism. A recording of Chairman Gonzalo’s transcendental speech was played at the event, and afterward, attendees hit a piñata in the shape of a ballot box cloaked in the Peruvian flag. The destruction of the ballot box is a reference to the initiation of the People’s War in Peru, which was launched with the burning of ballot boxes.
On September 24, the Tribune Support Committee in Orlando gathered at a local park to commemorate Chairman Gonzalo. The event began with a reading of the editorial “Honor and Glory to Chairman Gonzalo,” after attendees discussed the importance of Gonzalo’s contributions to the International Communist Movement. A member of the Support Committee gave a presentation on Chairman Gonzalo’s life, beginning with his birth, and provided a brief overview of the two-line struggles he waged while in the Communist Party of Peru. Another member read a poem from the revolutionary journal Struggle Sessions, “For Chairman Gonzalo, Part 1.” A banner was then dropped from a bridge at the park.
Two banners with the slogans “Long live the People’s War in Peru!” and “Proletarians of all countries unite!” were hung on a bridge fence over a busy street in the Aloma neighborhood.
Los Angeles, California
Serve the People – Los Angeles and People’s Struggle – San Fernando Valley cohosted a screening of Chairman Gonzalo’s transcendental speech. At the event, attendees built an altar with a picture of Gonzalo, flowers, and candles.
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Tribune Support Committee in Charlotte distributed copies of the editorial “Honor and Glory to Chairman Gonzalo, Greatest Son of the International Proletariat” and performed the Peruvian revolutionary song “Without Power” in the North Davidson district in Charlotte.
Serve the People – Pittsburgh agitated at a street corner with two banners reading, “Long live Chairman Gonzalo and his all-powerful thought,” and “29th anniversary of the speech of the century.” Members of the organization spoke to passersby about Chairman Gonzalo’s contributions to the International Communist Movement.
Kansas City, Missouri
Revolutionaries spoke to people at a local park and shopping center about Chairman Gonzalo’s sacrifice for the Peruvian Revolution, Maoism, and the People’s War in Peru. A banner reading, “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo” was dropped from a bridge.
In Lincoln, Tribune Official Supporters distributed the editorial “Honor and Glory to Chairman Gonzalo, Greatest Son of the International Proletariat” in a working-class neighborhood.
The Tribune Support Committee in Austin distributed the editorial “Honor and Glory to Chairman Gonzalo, Greatest Son of the International Proletariat” to people waiting for the bus in downtown Austin. Members of the Support Committee sold Tribune newspapers and held a banner with the slogan, “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo.”
Elsewhere in the city, a 40-foot banner with the slogan “Long live Chairman Gonzalo” and a hammer and sickle was seen hanging from an overpass over Interstate 35.
Graffiti with the slogans “Long live Chairman Gonzalo,” “Long live Maoism,” and “Eternal glory to Chairman Gonzalo” was documented.
Graffiti with the slogan “Honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo” was documented.
Posters with Chairman Gonzalo’s face and the slogans “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo” and “People’s War until Communism” were also documented in several cities:
Kansas City, Missouri
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
San Antonio, Texas
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