Week in Struggle: January 21-27

India

In the last week, the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), under the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), carried out a series of actions as part of the Resistance Week campaign demanding the release of Comrades Kishan Da, Sheela Di, Krishnamurthy, and all other political prisoners of the Indian State. The Resistance Week campaign lasted from January 21 to 26 and called for a general strike, to begin this week.

On January 21, suspected PLGA members carried out several different attacks on capitalist infrastructure. In the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand in the Giridih district, two cell towers were destroyed using incendiary devices. In the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh in the Bijapur district, a police informant was killed and three construction vehicles were burned. In the central-western Indian state of Maharashtra, in the Gadchiroli district, 18 construction vehicles were also burned. The militants target construction vehicles used to open roads for the State’s military forces into the countryside as well as those used by corporations that exploit the people and destroy the land, like mining. 

On January 22, suspected PLGA members in Giridih triggered an IED explosion that destroyed a bridge. Posters demanding the release of Kishan Da and Sheela Di were left at the site.

On January 26, suspected PLGA members put up posters demanding proper healthcare facilities and the release of political prisoners, including Kishan Da in Giridih. January 26 was the Indian State’s “Republic Day,” which commemorates the Constitution of India and is a major holiday for reactionary Hindu nationalism.

On January 27, suspected PLGA members destroyed a portion of the railway tracks on the Howrah-New Delhi line that passed through Giridih, which shut down at least 4 trains and caused delays for 11 others.

Brazil

Last week, more graffiti was seen calling for the freedom of political prisoner Luzivaldo de Souza Araújo. Luzivaldo is at risk of dying in the brutal prison system of Brazil. The Brazilian State targeted and imprisoned him on false charges for defending his and other peasants’ land in the countryside. The graffiti translates to “Freedom for Luzivaldo! Fighting is not a crime!” and was signed by the Popular Revolutionary Student Movement (Movimento Estudantil Revolucionário Popular).

On January 25, students and workers protested the impending increase of train fares at Central do Brasil, a major train station in Rio de Janeiro. Supervia, the company that runs the station, shut down services as the protest started. The demonstrators began the march at the Regulatory Agency for Waterway, Railway, Subway, and Highway Public Services of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and marched to Central do Brasil. At the station, police beat and pepper-sprayed protesters. Train tickets will increase to 7 Reais (US $1.30), over a third of workers’ weekly minimum wage if the train is used Monday through Friday. Supervia is increasing their prices while collecting millions in tax payment exemptions and state government benefits as trains remain unsafe, with overcrowding and old trains falling to pieces, daily delays, lack of security, and repression against street vendors. 

Mexico

On January 22, Comrade Angel López Pineda died of disease. Comrade Angel was an indigenous Ikoots fisherman who fought for over 10 years against the imperialist mega project wind farms in San Francisco del Mar, in solidarity with other struggles of the Ikoots and Binniza’ peoples of the region. Angel was appointed to represent his community in the Committee in Defense of the Land of the Eastern Zone of the Isthmus (Comité en Defensa de la Tierra de la Zona Oriente del Istmo). The evolutionary organization Current of the People – Red Sun (CP-Sol Rojo, Corriente del Pueblo – Sol Rojo) stated that “[Angel] did it [fought in defense of land] and did it well, listening, giving his opinion, contributing, fighting, always being at the forefront” and that “his community, the Committee in Defense of the Land, and Sol-Rojista militants remember him fondly.”

Finland

The revolutionary Finish newspaper, Red Flag, published photos of revolutionaries discussing the boycott with passersby as well as a row of election advertisements crossed out with red paint and a hammer and sickle.

France

Turkish militants in Reims, France celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the Turkish Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML). The militants marched to the main highway chanting, “Glory to the 50th anniversary of our party TKP/ML!” and saluted the TKP/ML by hanging a banner over an overpass, which read, “Glory to our Party TKP/ML on its 50th anniversary!”

United States

This week in Los Angeles, California, graffiti with the slogans “Eternal honor and glory to Chairman Gonzalo!” and “Long live Chairman Gonzalo” were documented. The graffiti is part of the ongoing international campaign to defend the leadership of Chairman Gonzalo and his all-powerful Thought.

Graffiti with the slogan “Long live the People’s War in India!” was seen in Los Angeles, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, this week.

In Los Angeles, California, graffiti supporting the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga do Camponeses Pobres) in Brazil was seen. The LCP leads and fights alongside poor landless peasants in Brazil’s countryside.

In Greenville, North Carolina, graffiti reading, “Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism” alongside a hammer and sickle and red flag was documented.

In Austin, Texas, graffiti in solidarity with the workers of Edwardsville, Illinois, who were killed during the tornado that tore through the city last year. Workers were threatened with firing if they left their workplace to seek better shelter and be with their families, and instead were forced to stay at poorly constructed buildings that collapsed in on them. The graffiti reads, “Workers’ deaths on Amazon’s hands fight for Edwardsville!” 

In Austin, actions as part of the revolutionary election boycott were documented. In the lead-up to a special city council election held on January 25, revolutionaries targeted election signs calling on the people of Austin to boycott the elections and fight for revolution. Graffiti reading, “Elections, No! Revolution, Yes!” and election signs with red spray paint were seen throughout the city. The mid-term elections of the legislative branch of the US imperialist state take place this year in November, along with elections for many local positions.

In Kansas City, Missouri, graffiti in solidarity with Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia (a progressive lawyer forcefully disappeared by the Mexican State) and Current of the People-Red Sun was documented. The graffiti reads, “Present Dr. Sernas alive!”

In Oxnard, California, graffiti showing solidarity with the Pittsburgh community’s struggle for justice for Jim Rogers was documented this week. The graffiti read “People’s Justice for Jim Rogers.” Jim Rogers was an unarmed, homeless Black man murdered by Pittsburgh police officer Keith L. Edmonds last year.

This week in Charlotte, North Carolina, posters promoting Tribune’s Worker Correspondent column were documented. The poster calls on workers to become worker correspondents for Tribune. As correspondents, workers write about their struggles at the workplace in order to unite workers against their class enemies and fight for a new society.

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