On January 8, suspected members of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), carrying out the People’s War under the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)], destroyed mining vehicles in the Gumla district of Jharkhand. The mining vehicles were owned by the Aditya Birla Group, a mining company that operates at the people’s expense in service to imperialism. Posters were left at the site which warned mining companies that continuing their activities would result in similar consequences. These actions come in the context of Operation Prahaar-3, a campaign organized by fascist president Narendra Modi, that is attempting to destroy the CPI (Maoist).
On January 14, suspected PLGA members injured a member of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), security forces guarding the border between India, Nepal, and Bhutan, after triggering a blast from an improvised explosive device in Patkalbeda, a village in Chhattisgarh. The SSB has been stationed in the area since 2016 for the purpose of guarding the Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur railway project, which was constructed to extract iron ore from local mines.
Last week in Paraná, graffiti, posters, and a banner were seen condemning military Operation Prahaar-3 in India. The graffiti, posters, and banners translate to “Down with Operation Prahaar-3! Long live the People’s War in India! Long Live the CPI (Maoist)!” The banner and graffiti included the hammer and sickle.
On January 17, construction workers in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brazilian state Minas Gerais, went on strike. The workers are demanding wage increases, better working conditions, and other rights, and are also denouncing the Civil Construction Industry Union of Minas Gerais (Sinduscon-MG, Construção Civil no Estado de Minas Gerais) for ignoring their demands. Sinduscon-MG has attempted to cut salaries and impose overtime, in spite of decades ofworkers’ resistance.
The strikers resolved to continue until their demands are met. At picket lines at construction sites, activists from the Union of Workers in the Construction Industries of Belo Horizonte and Surrounding Region (Trabalhadores nas Indústrias da Construção de Belo Horizonte e Região) and the Workers’ League (LO, Liga Operária) were present, giving out pamphlets, making speeches, and carrying banners with slogans like “We demand worthy wages and better working conditions!” The LO, a revolutionary workers’ organization, has been active for decades, resisting capitalist bosses and the bureaucracy of old unions through combative class struggle.
On the same day, a demonstration was held at the headquarters of the construction company Caparaó, where a banner was left reading, “Disgusting boss! Where is our raise?”
Peasants from the Ponte da Aliança Operário-Camponesa (Bridge of the Worker-Peasant Alliance) Region won the title to their land after 20 years on December 20, and held a celebration attended by revolutionary organizations including the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres), the LO, and the Popular Women’s Movement (Movimento Feminino Popular).
The families had been in debt for 20 years, but did not succumb to the old State’s pressure, and organized themselves to work the land. The LCP played a large role in the organization of the peasants, with a notable event being the construction of a bridge over the Arapuim River in 2006, built by the LCP, several quilombola communities (descendants of runaway slaves), and the LO in just five months with no help from the State. Since then, other initiatives emerged and collective work was developed. The peasants now produce enough both for themselves and for the region’s local market.
At the event, attendees paid tribute to comrades fallen in the struggle for land, including Comrade Cleomar Rodrigues de Almeida, murdered in 2014 by the latifundium (large landowners), and to Comrade José Fonseca, known as Pelé, who was one of the founders of the LCP in the western Brazilian states of Rondonia and Western Amazonia. Speeches were given by representatives of the LCP and LO, and the illegal militarized eviction of peasants from the Tiago Campin dos Santos and Ademar Ferreira Camps was denounced. Banners with the slogans “Land titles now for all peasants and quilombolas! Death to the latifundium!” and “Long live the peasant-worker Alliance!” decorated the celebration.
Artists from the state of Pará (in northern Brazil) are hosting an art show in support of the LCP on Instagram, raising funds and bringing awareness to the peasant struggle. The artists write:
“We render our solidarity to the Manoel Ribeiro, Thiago Capim dos Santos and Ademar Ferreira Camps and to all the blood shed by each peasant.
The Exhibition and the works inspired by the heroic peasant resistance add to the national and international support of various democratic entities, artists, musicians, and intellectuals who understand the importance and the need to represent and take a stand in defense of the people’s struggle through art! The invitation is extended to all artists who have or wish to make a work within the thematic axis ‘land struggle’.”
Current of the People-Red Sun (CP-Sol Rojo, Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo) held their General Assembly for 2022 on January 15. Delegates gathered from all over the country and agreed on a Work Plan, Action Plan, and Plan of Combat and Struggle for the year. A banner demanding the immediate presentation of Dr. Ernesto Sernas García, who was forcibly disappeared by the Mexican State in 2018 for defending political prisoners, was seen at the event.
At the assembly, delegates issued a Political Declaration of the General Assembly, which highlights the need to reject bourgeois elections and resist imperialist infrastructure megaprojects that cause dispossession and death. They write:
“Today, communities and organized sectors from the different geographies of lower Mexico, organized under the program of the New Democratic Revolution, have come together to hold our General Assembly as the highest decision-making body, exercising internal criticism and self-criticism, on the basis of the two-line struggle, outlining the emerging tasks of the popular masses, of the young students of the city and rural areas, of the women, the poor peasants, the proletarians and of all the oppressed people who rise up against the yoke of imperialism, semi-feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism.”
On December 8, a revolutionary involved in the anti-imperialist and national liberation struggle, Comrade Alicia, died at 51 years of age from disease. CP-Sol Rojo writes:
“There are so many things to tell about her! But we think that it is up to her comrades in arms to do so, to those with whom she shared the streets, the mountains, and the dangers, but also overflowing dreams.
Today a new generation of revolutionaries from new organizational projects that share the program of the New Democratic Revolution (the same one for which ‘Alicia’ fought) pay tribute to her. A simple but honest one. …
Comrade ‘Alicia,’ you live in the struggle!”
Last month, revolutionaries carried out solidarity actions in the cities of Vienna, Steyr, and Linz for the 20th anniversary of the PLGA. In Vienna, activists celebrated the anniversary by distributing leaflets and carrying red flags as well as a banner reading, “Support the revolution in India” and “20 years of the PLGA” while speaking to passersby about the importance of the PLGA in the fight against imperialism in India. In Steyr, activists held a rally while carrying a banner reading, “India’s struggle: 20 years with the PLGA—20 years with the People’s Army!” In Linz, activists published photos of supporters holding posters with slogans including “Lal salam [red salute]” and distributed pamphlets on the streets agitating in support of the PLGA and against the Indian State.
Since December, the revolutionary organization Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland (AIA) has been carrying out an international solidarity campaign with the League of Poor Peasants, a revolutionary organization of peasants in Brazil fighting for land. In Waterford, activists raised banners reading, “Long live the LCP!” and “Conquer the land! Solidarity from Ireland!”
These same banners were held at the Edentubber Martyrs Monument in the county of Louth, near the border with British-occupied Northern Ireland, honoring the Irish revolutionaries who gave their lives in the fight against British imperialism in 1957. In Dublin, a citywide graffiti campaign was documented expressing support for the LCP, honoring Comrade Pelé, and demanding the release of Luzivaldo, a political prisoner whose life is at risk due to the Brazilian State denying him access to medical care.
In multiple cities including Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, and Malaga, the Maoist Communist Party (Partido Comunista Maoísta) put up posters, banners, and graffiti with the slogan “Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!”
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