On February 22, suspected combatants of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), under the leadership of the CPI (Maoist), burned a train in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh (in central India). On February 22, suspected PLGA combatants set six construction vehicles on fire in the Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana (in southern India). The vehicles were reportedly used in bridge construction. These projects mainly serve the Indian State by providing easier access for the Indian reactionary armed forces to enter and push the people off their land.
On February 18, the Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)] released a statement condemning the imprisonment of Comrades Kishan Da and Sheela Di. The married comrades have been imprisoned in solitary confinement for three months and are reportedly unable to walk, eat, or perform other basic tasks. The reactionary Indian State continually interrogates and tortures them as retribution for their decades of serving the people. The statement called for the reactionary Indian State to release both comrades’ health information, admit them to hospital care, and allow them to meet with activists and journalists. The Indian government denies bail to Party militants, but also denies it to unaffiliated progressive activists on the false claim that they are Maoists.
On February 15, protesters demanded justice for Hyago Macedo, a 22-year-old worker who was murdered by a police officer the day before. The Popular Revolutionary Student Movement (MEPR, Movimento Estudantil Popular Revolucionário) was in attendance and emphasized the class nature of the murder; police officers often assault and steal from street vendors like Macedo. Protesters held a banner reading, “Justice for Hyago!”
The Sole Community Distance Learning School Union of Oaxaca State, (SUTTEBCEO, Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de Telebachilleratos Comunitarios del Estado de Oaxaca) has been indefinitely on strike since February 21. They demand the immediate dismissal of the current school director, Belén Morales Bautista, associated with the ruling-class party Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, Partido Revolucionario Institucional). Morales has violated the union’s collective labor contract and favored employees from yellow unions (that is, unions that stifle the workers’ struggle and help the employer). On the first day of the strike, SUTTEBCEO, joined by Current of the People – Red Sun (CP-Sol Rojo, Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo), a revolutionary organization, marched in front of government buildings, joined by other unions in the Inter-Union Federation.
CP-Sol Rojo has released a call for a Day of Struggle in Defense of Life and the Rights of the People in Oaxaca on March 1. Demonstrations will continue on the following days, including a sit-in. CP-Sol Rojo writes, “The purpose of these actions and this sit-in is to denounce the anti-people policies undertaken by the government of the State of Oaxaca and the Federal Government, raising the just demands of the people; we will also be denouncing the militarization that translates into war against the people, from which the popular masses are criminalized, persecuted and repressed in an attempt, in vain, to silence their struggle.” CP-Sol Rojo has identified a greater reactionization of the Mexican State, which has ignored demands for justice, work, health, and education, and also supports imperialist mega-projects which displace and bring death to indigenous communities.
Demonstrations have been held every Sunday in the town of Steyr, in eastern Austria. The 56th demonstration was held on January 30. Protesters carried red flags and posters for democracy and against social cuts. Slogans such as “stop social cuts” and “expand the health care system—more employees now” were shouted during the demonstration.
In Vienna, a march celebrating the Initiative for Democracy and Fundamental Rights was held on January 29. The demonstration rallied attendees “against compulsory vaccination and digital surveillance.” Four hundred people participated in the event, which was composed of many progressive groups. Police surveilled the march and fined demonstrators. The demonstrators took a stance against COVID-19 closures, harassment, and undemocratic restrictions on public life. After the march concluded a large demonstration was held in the center of Vienna, where over 10,000 participated. A bloc consisting of left-wing and progressive groups took part in the demonstration with slogans such as “For democracy and fundamental rights,” “Against corporate fascism—expropriate Pfizer!” and “Occupational bans, layoffs, censorship?—’Science and its teachings are free!’”
Revolutionaries in Tampere distributed posters with the slogan “Solidarity with the striking workers of UPM!” Workers at the pulp and paper company UPM have been striking since January 1, demanding better working conditions and higher wages. The strike was called after UPM left the bargaining table and refused to negotiate with the union representing the workers.
Revolutionaries in six French cities have continued promoting the boycott of the 2022 French elections. They displayed slogans such as “The elections are a farce! Don’t vote, struggle!” and “Politicians, you will not have our votes! Get out of our neighborhoods! Boycott 2022!”
On February 19, revolutionaries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hosted a screening of How Yukong Moved the Mountains, a documentary about the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) in China. The screening covered communal life in revolutionary China, particularly how women lived and struggled against male chauvinism and revisionism. Regarding the film, a participant stated, “I think this is good. Basically they are providing free or very [affordable] apartments and childcare there. They are discussing good toys, good food for the children. Here in the United States, [women] are having to refuse jobs because of childcare.” Another spoke about women’s oppression today: “Our society doubly disadvantages women, as workers and as mothers dealing with childcare.”
In Oxnard, California, graffiti commemorating International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) was documented. IWWD is celebrated on March 8 each year. The history of IWWD goes back to 1910, where German communist Clara Zetkin struggled at the International Conference of Working Women for a “Women’s Day” to be observed every year on March 8. The graffiti reads, “For a proletarian women’s movement!” and “Long live International Working Women’s Day!”
Throughout Austin, Texas, graffiti commemorating Garrett Fosters’s life, sacrifice, and service to the people was documented this week as the trial for his killer, US Army Sergeant Daniel Perry, is slated to begin on March 2. The graffiti reads, “Garrett Foster servant of the people! Defender of Black lives!” Perry killed Foster during a Black lives matter protest in Austin on July 25, 2020. Foster and his partner Whitney Mitchell were marching in Austin during the May Uprisings when Perry drove his car into the protesters and shot at the crowd, killing Foster. A Texas grand jury indicted Perry on charges of murder, aggravated assault, and deadly conduct, last year.
This week in Kansas City, Missouri, posters promoting an IWWD cultural event were documented. The poster reads, “Celebration of International Working Women’s Day! March 5th, 4PM!”
In Clovis, New Mexico, and Kansas City, Missouri, Tribune promotional posters, Tribune‘s Workers’ Resistance Bulletin printouts, and posters supporting the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres, which leads the struggles of poor peasants in Brazil’s countryside for land) were documented.
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