Heaven and Earth to Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo
- Statement by the
Committee of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement
15 September 1992
(Abimael Guzmán), the Chairman of the Communist Party of Peru
and an outstanding leader of the communist movement internationally,
has been captured by the reactionary Fujimori regime on September
12th. This was accomplished after a 12-year man hunt by the Peruvian
army and police, guided by U.S. imperialism's notorious "counter-insurgency"
apparatus. Even though the Constitution of Peru outlaws the death
penalty, the Constitution has been suspended, the regime is threatening
to execute Comrade Gonzalo, and the imperialist press is preparing
public opinion for such an outrageous crime. It urgently falls
upon the people the world over to fight to defend his life.
Marxist-Leninist-Maoist line, Comrade Gonzalo has played the central
role in initiating and steadily advancing the revolutionary war
of the people in Peru against the ruling classes and their imperialist
overlords who have been squeezing profit and the very life out
of the Peruvian masses for centuries. Chairman Gonzalo has become
the recognized leader of millions of workers and peasants and
their embryonic new state being built in the course of the people's
war. He has led the revolution in Peru forward, not only to benefit
the masses of that country, but to serve the oppressed and exploited
of the whole world.
represents the uncompromising revolutionary vision of a communist
future without barbarous class divisions, without imperialism.
He is the political enemy number one of the imperialists and the
reactionaries the world over who dream of prolonging their bloody
Peru, millions worldwide who despise the brutal social system
these bourgeois voices represent look to Chairman Gonzalo and
the people's war he is leading to batter down the old social order
and bring the fresh revolutionary winds of liberation that know
no boundaries among the oppressed.
of Comrade Gonzalo is a bitter blow to the revolutionary people
the world over, and the danger to our comrade's life is extreme.
This attack is also a challenge, a call for us to stand up and
successfully prevent the reactionaries from taking the life of
Chairman Gonzalo and, through struggle, hand his captors a big
defeat. Defending the life of Comrade Gonzalo means defending
the right of the slaves to rebel, it means defending the revolution
Gonzalo is accused of treason, but it is the Peruvian state which
has betrayed the country and is completely at the beck and call
of its Yankee masters.
Gonzalo is accused of 27,000 deaths, but it is the Peruvian armed
forces who killed the great majority of these people, including
in internationally known cases where they massacred unarmed peasants
and workers and buried them in mass graves.
Gonzalo is accused of "narco-trafficking," while it
is well documented that it is the Peruvian army and state, up
to its highest levels, that are up to their necks in the narcotics
industry and smuggling.
Gonzalo is accused of "terrorism", but it is the Peruvian
state which murdered hundreds of political prisoners in cold blood
in 1986 during the infamous El Frontón massacre and as recently
as May of this year, when forty unarmed women and men were slaughtered
in Canto Grande prison.
Gonzalo is accused of disrupting the national economy, but it
is the shameless Fujimori who administered the infamous "Fuji-shock"
at the orders of the IMF and the World Bank, further starving
the already impoverished people and creating the conditions for
the cholera epidemic.
strength and revolutionary vitality of Comrade Gonzalo's political
and ideological line is clear from the deep roots it has taken
among workers, peasants and intellectuals of Peru, from the major
military advances the people's war has achieved, to the embryonic
new proletarian state and the beginning shoots of the new society
which has begun to be set up in base areas in the countryside
and to a growing extent in the shantytowns outside Lima itself.
We must fight
for the recognition of Chairman Gonzalo's stature as the leader
of the newly emerging state of the Peruvian people. We must demand
that the international conventions concerning the treatment of
prisoners of war and political prisoners be respected. We must
help all of the oppressed and exploited, all who oppose imperialism
and reaction, to understand the stakes of this battle, and we
must arm them with the truth.
We will not
allow them to take the life of this precious and uncompromising
revolutionary communist leader.
Heaven and Earth to Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo!
Need Comrade Gonzalo at His Post, in the Forefront of the Revolution
in Peru and the International Communist Movement!
for His Liberation!