During this morning, the repressive forces of the Spanish State are carrying out the arrest of the comrades who have been fighting the fascist forces of DAESH (Islamic State) in Rojava. Due to the lack of further information, we ask you for support, solidarity and spreading the message. The homes of the comrades were searched by investigators of the Provincial Brigade Intelligence Office of the Madrid police. These comrades are two militants of the Partido Marxista-Leninista (Reconstrucción Comunista) that are accused by the police of appearing in this video.
Police said that the two activists came into Syria via Turkey and Germany. They are accused of participating in an armed conflict outside Spain without the permission of the State, of collaborating with a terrorist organization (this is probably the PKK – Kurdish People’s Party being described here), use of military weapons and explosive devices, and of seriously undermining Spanish national interests. Reconstrucción Comunista is an organization composed of members of the Communist Youth who have broken with the Partido Comunista de España, PCE. Its founding members initially were active in this organisation before founding their own organization, close to the MLKP (Marksist-Leninist Komünist Partisi – Turkey) in 2009.
WE WANT THE SPANISH MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE WHO HAVE FOUGHT ISIS TO BE RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGES!
DEFENDING THE CIVIL POPULATION FROM ISIS TERRORIST ATTACKS CAN’T BE PERSECUTED!
FREEDOM FOR THE ANTIFASCIST COMBATANTS!
INTERNATIONALIST SOLIDARITY IS NOT A CRIME!
Info from Marxist-Leninist Party (Reconstrucción Comunista), 6th July 2015, via RHI-SRI – Secours Rouge.
Odisha: Life comes to standstill in Kalimela on last day of Maoist protest week
Life in the Red Zone comprising major part of the districtt, particularly Kalimela and Podia police station areas came to a standstill, as Maoists got markets, road transport and banking services offices closed and a curfew like situation prevailed in the naxalite infested areas today, on the last day of the Protest Week which came to end today . Though, the government offices were remain opened, thin attendance of employees were reported. All the shops and business establishments were down their shutters following the Maoist diktat.
Traffic on the always busy Kalimela Road came to a halt today, there was no movement on the road resulting in throwing the normal life out of gear for the last two days. Passengers were seen stranded at different places as the vehicles remained off the road. Many tribal women were seen walking on the road to reach their home turfs on the day. The red rebels protest week had no impact in other parts of the district in including the Malkangiri town with normal life remained unaffected. However, the vehicular traffic between Jeypore-Malkangiri was remained paralyzed during the protest that passed of peacefully today. The week long protest call that began on July 1st was given by the rebels alleging fake encounter by the police on Andhra-Odisha border recently.
Rajahmundry (AP): A huge cache of detonators and gelatin sticks were on Wednesday seized and four persons arrested in this connection in East Godavari district, police said. The dump found at the Maredumilli bus stand comprised 128 gelatin sticks, 118 electric detonators and 28 electric wires, Ramachopdavaram ASP S Fakirappa said. The four arrested persons are from Chittoor, Maredumilli and Rajahmundry, he said. “We are interrogating them,” he said. A case has been registered in this connection and an investigation is on, he added.
Political prisoners of the Voie Démocratique Basiste (Sofiane Srir, Hassan Ahmouch, Zouhair Belaichi, Mustapha Srati) and other prisoners of the student movement (Hamza Kabaj, Omar Aaroussi, Mohamed Alhamri et Yassin Ait Larbi) have been on hunger strike since June 30th in protest against the conditions of their detention and for visitation rights and basic hygiene. The imprisoned student militants Hassan Koukou and Mounir Ait Khafou are participating for ten days in solidarity.
The best way to stop me was to throw me in jail, says Saibaba
His campaign was seen as anti-investment.
After a 14-month imprisonment at the Central Jail in Nagpur, G.N. Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound Professor of English at Delhi University accused of having Maoist links, is settling back in his house on the varsity campus. Last Friday, the Mumbai High Court granted him bail for three months, so that he could consult doctors for several ailments. The court’s ruling followed a suo motu litigation based on an e-mail to the Chief Justice by activist Purnima Upadhyay citing a news report in The Hindu that described how Professor Saibaba’s health was deteriorating in the prison. Professor Saibaba sat in a small room of his house decorated with bookracks and old calendars.
Months of separation from his family has left him slightly disoriented. He feels something is missing at home. “I guess the liveliness in the family is gone,” he told The Hindu. “It’s been a traumatic experience for all of us. I don’t know how long it will take us to be happy again.” Though he is facing charges of being affiliated with the outlawed Maoist leaders, he comes across as a man who has a firm faith in democracy. In the early 1990s, he started off as a pro-reservation activist, standing against the forces that attempted to scrap the reservation policy for disadvantaged lower-caste Indians. By mid-1990s, he was campaigning against the Andhra Pradesh Police for what he called “encounter killings” of innocents and Naxalites.
Most of his peers, he said, were assassinated by unknown assailants, who, he believes, were state-sponsored hit men. “I lost 10 activist friends in a span of 10 years,” he said. “Their fault was that they criticised the killings of Naxalites and claimed their bodies so that they could give them a funeral. That didn’t go down well with the government.” After he moved to Delhi, he coordinated a campaign against the military offensive in tribal areas, which hurt investment badly. He said the authorities decided that “the best way to stop me was to throw me in jail.”
‘Green Hunt aimed to dislodge tribal people’
In the early 2000s, Dr. Saibaba moved to Delhi to teach English literature at Ramlal Anand College, Delhi University. It was not the fear for life that forced him to leave Andhra Pradesh and migrate to Delhi. He grew disillusioned with the coursework, which he taught as an adjunct lecturer in a local college for over a decade. In September 2009, the Congress government launched Operation Green Hunt, a military offensive aimed at flushing out Maoist rebels from across the tribal belt of India.
By then, Professor Saibaba’s activism had taken him across the central Indian tribal belt. “I have been to almost every Adivasi district. It wasn’t that difficult for a physically challenged person like me. The Adivasis took me on their shoulders and walked me up to the hilly forests,” he said. “I gathered enough evidence that suggested the ruling class wanted access to their resources no matter what. So the Operation Green Hunt was launched to kill, maim and dislodge these people.”
Between 2009 and 2012, when the operation was at its peak, he mobilised public intellectuals under a group named Forum Against War on People. He coordinated a nationwide campaign against the military offensive, slamming and shaming it to its core. His campaign, he said, started to bite the government with several international investors withdrawing investments from the tribal belt. On the afternoon of May 9, 2014, he was heading back home from the university, hoping to join his wife and mother for lunch.
A group of policemen in plainclothes stopped his car, dragged the driver out and drove him out of the university campus.The next morning after his arrest from Delhi, Professor Saibaba was flown to Nagpur, where the District Magistrate heard his case and sent him to prison. Evidence “The evidence was that the police had found some press statements [of Maoist leaders] from my pen drive,” he said. “Another piece of evidence was that I had written a letter to some top Maoist leader. To this day, the police never showed me that letter.” At the country’s most notorious Anda jail, which means egg-shaped prison, Dr. Saibaba was not allowed to use the toilet for the next 72 hours. The harassment took a heavy toll on his health.
MADURAI: A fresh alert issued by the Tamil Nadu Q Branch police to districts bordering Kerala has stated that there was increasing movement of Maoists in the tribal villages in Wayanad and Palakkad districts of Kerala. According to police sources, in the alert issued this week, the Q branch police have claimed at least two sightings of Maoists in the last week of June in two different tribal villages in Wayanad and Palakkad districts. One incident happened in Vallavetti village under the Agali police limits in Palakkad district in which around 35 Maoists in uniform, including five women, camped for a night. They allegedly spoke about their ideology to Tamil-speaking tribals, police sources said.
Another incident happened in Kurichiya colony, a tribal hamlet in Wayanad district in which five Maoists including two women distributed copies of their clandestine publication “Kaatuthee” to the villagers. The alert gains significance given the recent arrest of four people with Maoist links in Coimbatore. Police said at least three such alerts had been issued in the past one month which showed increased movement of Maoists in tribal villages in the three-state junction of Kerala, TN and Karnataka. The alert was issued to bordering districts of Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul, Nilgris and also Madurai and Erode. Police personnel have been asked to keep their eyes open to any suspicious movement in their respective districts.
KANNUR: The district police are on fresh alert following the latest sighting of suspected Maoists in a colony at Kelakam here on Monday. Three men in military fatigues visited the Ramachi colony in the Kelakam police station limits at 9.30 am and visited the house of one Kelappan and stayed for nearly 30 minutes, the police said adding that the men are suspected to be Maoists. Two of them were reportedly carrying firearms, the police said quoting local residents in the colony.
The Adivasi colony close to the forest area has only four families, the police informed. The suspected Maoists gave a copy of ‘Kattuthee’, Maoist mouthpiece, to the residents of the colony before they left for the forests. The police team that reached the area later conducted a search in the forest area close to the Karnataka border. Personnel of the Thunderbolts Kerala, the commando wing of the State police, also participated in the search operation.
People from as many as 30 villages have reportedly attended a meeting conducted by the banned CPI (Maoist) on the Andhra-Odisha border on Monday, the first day of the two-day bandh. The meeting was conducted by the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput division committee of the party and the committee’s secretary Venu had renewed the party’s warning to the five families that the party accused of involving in the killing of two Maoists near Korukonda in Visakha Agency during October last.
The party would not spare the five families but the rest of Girijans living on the Andhra-Odisha border need not fear the Maoists and could stay in their villages. There was no need for the Girijans to flee from their villages, he had reportedly said. Venu also demanded the people’s representatives to pass resolutions in the Gram Sabhas and legislative bodies against the State Government’s proposal to take up bauxite mining in the Agency area. He also wanted the people’s representatives to resign their posts and participate in the Girijans’ agitation against bauxite mining.
The large number of people participating in the meeting was significant since there was not much of Maoist activity in Visakha Agency and one Maoist was killed and some others had a narrow escape from police in exchanges of fire that took place in recent past. The bandh call received no response in the Agency on the first day.
C’garh DMs allowed to invoke preventive detention under NSA
District Collectors in Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh have been empowered to order preventive detention under the National Security Act to maintain public peace and ward off any possible threat to the security of the state. The directive, issued last week by Home Department, allows the District Magistrates to exercise powers allocated within sub-section-3 of Section-2 of NSA from July 1 to September 30, an official statement said here today. “The state government has directed Collectors in all 27 districts to take necessary action under the provisions of National Security Act, 1980 in order to maintain law and order situation,” the statement said.
The provision says the Centre or the state government may, if satisfied with respect to any person that with a view to preventing him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the state or from acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order or from acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the community it is necessary so to do, make an order directing that such person be detained. As per the notification, the government has received reports that some anti-social elements are either active or are on the verge to become active to disturb communal harmony, public order and security. “Keeping in view the same, the government has come to a conclusion that it would be necessary to exercise powers within this Act and hence the Collectors have been authorised with it. If they find anything fishy or suspicious they can take necessary action under it,” the statement added.
For strengthening information network on Naxal front, Chhattisgarh police has launced a special mobile application dedicated for collecting information related with Naxals. The application ‘Chhattisgarh Police’ was launched by Director General of Police AN Upadhyay on Saturday.According to police the 1.8 MB app which is for android platform is available on ‘Google Play store’ and anyone can download it. Any person can share the photographs, audio-visual or voice message regarding any Naxal with police while concealing his/her identity through this app.
The app has been developed with joint effort of anti-naxal wing of the police headquarters and Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS). The DGP called on people of Chhattisgarh to provide more and more information to police through this mobile app. This effort of Chhattisgarh police during the digital India week will defiantly help people who are willing to help police without revealing their identity, he added.The launching of app was marked with presence of Additional Director General of Police RK Vij, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dipanshu Kabra, AIG Anand Chhabra, and Additional Superintendent of Police Neethu Kamal and others.
Suspected Maoist Admits for Helping Rebels by Arranging Transportation
MANANTHAVADY:Rajeesh, who was arrested for suspected pro-Maoist activities in Wayanad, has admitted that he had helped the rebels by arranging transportation facilities and carrying arms and ammunition for them, the police said. As part of collecting evidence, the police took Rajesh to Kunhome on Saturday. According to the police, the arrested, along with Maoists, had visited the forest areas and colonies at Kunhome several times. The police also said that he had helped them transport arms and ammunition.
“He has admitted that he was aware of transportation of arms and ammunitions for the Maoists and that a car owned by him was used for the purpose,” said Mananthavady DySP A R Premkumar. The police stated that Rajeesh’s mobile phone signal was detected from Kunhome on the eve of forest outpost shootout in last December. On Monday, Rajeesh’s lawyer will move a bail plea at Kalpetta court, where he will be produced by Mananthavady police as the days allotted for them to keep him under custody will end on Sunday.
Bihar: Suspected Maoist absconding for 23 years arrested
Patna: In a major catch, a suspected veteran Maoist, who is accused in several cases of violence and absconding since 1992, was arrested from Patna rural district area today. Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vikas Vaibhav said the arrested Maoist has been identified as Indresh Ram and was nabbed from a place in Paliganj area of Patna district following a special operation. “Indresh has been an important Maoist involved in at least nine cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion and violation of Arms Act in Paliganj and Masaurhi police station areas. He was absconding for a long time,” the SSP said. Paliganj Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Mithilesh Kumar said the arrested Maoist was in hiding in the area and his interrogation may provide deep insights into the Left Wing extremism.
Maoist Terrorists kill tribal man during protest week in Odisha
Malkangiri (Odisha), Jul 5 (PTI) A tribal man was killed by Maoists after suspecting him to be a police informer at a remote village here as the rebels are observing ‘protest week’ demanding halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces, police said today. A group of ultras had stormed into Dhuliput village in Paparmatla area on July 1 night and thrashed Lalit Dora (50) to death after taking him out of his house, said inspector in-charge of Chitrakonda police station, Pitabas Dharua. Though the incident took place four days ago, the information was received today as the village is located in a remote and inaccessible area in the Maoist-affected district, he said.
A hardcore Maoist rebel was today arrested from Mohanpur-Musahari village under Morkahi police station here today. Police said the Maoist rebel, identified as Dhama Sada, was wanted in several incidents and was arrested during a raid at his hideout. One country-made revolver and a few live cartridges were seized from him. He was forwarded to jail after intensive interrogation.
The Andhra and Telangana Provincial Committees of CPI(ML) Maoist has given a call for two-day bandh in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States on July 6 and 7 demanding withdrawal of paramilitary forces deployed in different parts of the country and release of all political prisoners. In a statement issued on July 1, spokesperson of the provincial committees Yugandhar Dev said deployment of paramilitary forces against people was an anti-national act and against the provisions of the Constitution. Such deployment had devastated the social, economic and cultural life of tribals and dalits, Mr. Dev said.
KOLKATA 4 Jul 2015 The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary chargesheet in a special court here against two Naxals who were allegedly involved in manufacturing of hand grenades and “waging war” against the state. The chargesheeted CPI-Maoist militants are Mohan Viswakarma of Imamganj, Bihar and Arjun Ganjhu of Jharkhand’s Latehar district. STF, Kolkata, had arrested Viswakarma from the city on July 25, 2012 and on the basis of the information provided by him, Arjun Ganjhu was arrested from Ranchi in Jharkhand the next day. A large quantity of unfinished parts of about 800 hand grenades were seized from a transport agency and several workshops in the city. The STF had submitted a chargesheet against the two in January 2013.
“In view of the gravity of the offence, the ministry of home affairs had directed the NIA to take up the further investigation of the case in April, 2013. “The NIA, in its supplementary chargesheet, has charged the two accused persons for offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, for conspiracy to commit terrorist act, for being associated with a terrorist organization and for being a member of the same,” an official release said. PTI
Maoist killed by own cadres in Chhattisgarh
One Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre has reportedly been killed by their own cadres in Sukma District on July 3, reports The Pioneer. “Charred body of the cadre, identified as Badru alias Masa, who was a Section Commander of military platoon number-24 of Maoist outfit was recovered from Permpara village forests under Gadiras Police Station limits,”Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP, Anti-Maoist operations), Sukma, Santosh Singh said. According to Singh, the Maoist was killed with sharp edged weapons after holding of Jan Adalat (Peoples’ Court) by rebels on July 3, in the same region and later his body was burnt, Singh said.
After being informed by Badru’s family members, police reached the spot and recovered the remaining body parts from which have been sent it for the post mortem, he added. In a separate incident, three Maoist leaders were reportedly killed by their colleagues in Sukma during the past one week, the ASP said adding, their bodies are yet to be recovered. “Our sources informed that a senior-level cadre from Maoist military wing Hemla Bhagat and his wife Kosi, chief of Dandakaranya Kisan Majdoor Sangathan (DKMS), figured among the rebels reportedly killed by their colleagues early this week,” Singh said. Badru was murdered after being labeled as ‘Police informer’, he said. ‘
Suspended professor accused of Maoist links released on bail
Suspended Delhi University professor G N Saibaba who was lodged in the central prison here after being accused of Maoist links was released today after he was granted temporary bail for three months by the Bombay High Court. The wheel-chair bound English lecturer was arrested by the Maharashtra police in May, 2014 for his alleged links with top leaders of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and lodged in Nagpur central prison for over a year. His worsening health condition was the main ground for his release, officials said.
The Husnabad police have arrested a Maoist deputy commander and seized 37 gelatine sticks, which were planned to planted underneath the culverts and bridges. The arrest of Maoist leader and recovery of gelatine sticks attained importance as Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had planned to conduct bus yatra in the region on Saturday to participate in the Haritha Haram programme. Disclosing this to newsmen here on Friday, Superintendent of Police D. Joel Davis said that Maoist Musaki Adma (22), a native of Sikhpal village in Jagdalpur district of Chatisgarh State was associated with the Maoist party since 2007 as part of Radical Balala Sangham (RBS). From 2009 to 2013, he worked as deputy dalam commander of Molangur dalam.
With the permission of dalam, he returned to his native village and started working as informer and providing information about the police informers and movement of police to the dalam. Following the instructions of dalam commander Roshan, he reached Husnabad and started working as a labourer at the construction sites at the culverts and bridges and collecting the explosives to hand over to the dalam. On Friday, the police conducted the regular vehicle checking at the Husnabad bus stand region.
During that period, the police noticed suspicious movement of Adma. On interrogation, he informed the police that he was Maoist deputy commander in Chatisgarh state and recovered the gelatine sticks. The SP appreciated the Husnabad CI Sadan Kumar, NIB inspector Sarvar, SI Mahender Reddy and others for arresting the naxalite. Officer on Special Duty L. Subbarayudu, and Additional SP (Admn) B. Janardhan Reddy were also present.
Maoist Camp Destroyed By Security Forces In Deogarh District
A Naxalite camp was destroyed in a forest under Barkot police limits by the security forces and huge supply of arms and explosive materials were seized from the spot following an exchange of fire last night. As per the sources, the face off took place during a joint combing operation by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Voluntary Force (DVF) and armed police in the forest. When the security personnel reached close to the maoist camp, the ultras opened fire at them, which was retaliated by the force. Following the incident, combing operations in the area were intensified and more forces were deployed to track the ultras, Deogarh SP Sarah Sharma said. Meanwhile, DIG (north-central) Rajesh Kumar rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
Maoists holed up in tri-junction of TN, Kerala and Karnataka, Q Branch tells HC
MADURAI: The Q Branch, CID police on Wednesday told the Madras high court Madurai bench that three members of CPI (Maoists), a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act who were released on bail, are on the run and they are at present hiding somewhere near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The police also said that they were carrying lethal weapons and spreading Maoist ideologies among the tribals and that efforts are on to arrest them.
Q- Branch CID, Madurai range deputy superintendent of police (DSP) N Rajaram stated this in his counters submitted before justice K Kalyanasundaram to the bail petitions moved by J Vivek alias Vivekanandan and N Ranjit, who are lodged in the Madurai Central Prison. “Hence, if the court enlarges the petitioners on bail they will abscond and join the absconding co-accused (Maoists), and will wage war against the government,” the DSP said. According to the DSP, one V Muthu lodged a complaint relating to arms training at Murugamalai Oothuparai near Periyakulam district on June 26, 2007, regarding which the Periyakulam police registered a case incorporating various provisions of the IPC, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.
The next day, the CB-CID police took up the investigation; seized some Maoist ideology books and arms from various places over the months and also arrested people including Velmurugan, Palanivel, Muthuselvam, Ranjit, Karthick, Easwran, Balan, Sundaramoorthy and Vivek, the DSP said. Vivek was on run for nearly five years and Ranjit was on run for about three-and-a-half years from the date of registration of FIR. The cases pending before the assistant sessions court, Periyakulam against the petitioners have been posted to July 10 for further hearing. Besides, non-bailable warrants are pending against the petitioner’s co-accused Velmurugan, Palanivel and Karthick from March 8, 2012. They who were released on bail still remain absconding, the DSP said. Following the counters, the judge adjourned the matter to the next Monday.
The ‘Q’ Branch police on Thursday submitted petitions before Principal District Judge (PDJ) in-charge, R. Sakthivel, here to collect the handwriting and signature samples of five Maoists and suspects arrested at Karumathampatty on May 3. Public Prosecutor (in-charge) P.E. Augustus said that they wanted the samples in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English to compare it with documents and literature seized from them. Defence counsel S. Balamurugan claimed that the police were trying to file false cases against the five using the signature and handwriting samples and sought time to file counter petitions. The issue has been posted to July 8. Meanwhile, the judge extended the judicial custody of the five — Roopesh, his wife Shyna, C. Kannan, Anoop and Veeramani — till July 8, as their custody ended on July 2. On Thursday, Veeramani and Anoop were produced before the court.
The PDJ (in-charge) said that all five of them should be produced before the court on July 8. Roopesh and Kannan were not produced as they were being questioned by the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Police, respectively. Mr. Balamurugan said that Veeramani presented a written complaint to the judge that the Kerala police took pictures and videos of him in a guesthouse and in forests in that State in mid-June. He expressed concern that it could be used to implicate him in cases. Veeramani also alleged that the police threatened to torture him.
Bail plea dismissed
The PDJ in-charge also dismissed, on Thursday, the bail plea of Masanamuthu (21) and Nagamanickam (20) who were arrested by the police for allegedly threatening the ‘Q’ Branch police at their office in Peelamedu on May 4, condemning the arrest of Maoists and their sympathisers at Karumathampatty.
Kannan, in the custody of the Aliyar police, was taken to Mettupalayam on Thursday by a team led by Valparai DSP S. Sakthivel for questioning him in connection with facilitating Santhosh Kumar (23) of Aliyar join the Maoist movement last year. According to the police, Santhosh was suspected to have been taken by members of the organisation to Kumarapuram near Mettupalayam shortly after he went missing in August last year. Police sources said that Santhosh took part in meetings at a house that was used as a library before he went to the forests for training.
Coimbatore: Maoists, who were arrested two months ago from the city outskirts, alleged on Thursday that they were being tortured by Kerala police while in their custody and wanted to confess certain things, by threatening of dire consequences. Three of the five Maoists, arrested from Karumathampatti, were being interrogated both by Tamil Nadu Q Branch and Kerala police turn by turn. As the custody period of three accused – Veeramani, Shyna and Anoop – is ending on Thursday, they were brought to produce before First Additional District and Sessions Court here.
While being taken to the Court, Veeramani claimed that they were being tortured by Kerala police to toe their line and confess their involvement in certain cases, or face consequences. “However, we have not budged to their threats,” he said. Raising pro-Maoist slogans, the trio appeared before Judge R Shaktivel. The judge ordered to produce the accused before the Court on July 8 and allowed Shyna to be taken back to Kerala, while Veeramani and Anoop were lodged in Central jail here.
Throughout 2014, a plethora of veterans and independent Republican commentators aired their opinions on what they saw as the futility of armed actions in the current environment. Consecutive letters, interviews and press releases emerged, in what was clearly a co-ordinated if well meaning attempt to put pressure upon those Republicans still on a war footing with the British state in Ireland. The following analysis from the IRSP is not part of that public initiative and should not be viewed in that light.
Rather, five years on from the formal announcement of an end to the INLA armed campaign, it is intended as a dialectical analysis of the merits and drawbacks of continued armed actions, and from the perspective of those still deeply committed to maintaining the Revolutionary tradition in Ireland. In 2009 the Republican Socialist movement standing collectively, stated their belief that future Revolutionary struggle in Ireland would be best served using unarmed methods, while simultaneously reaffirming our opposition to the failed reformist politics of the Good Friday Agreement. That statement was made during a period, in which the remaining IRA groupings were assuring themselves and their supporters that they were in the ascendancy and following a short upsurge in armed activity including the shooting dead of two British soldiers near Antrim and a Police man in Craigavon.
In the five preceding years, the groupings involved have sustained losses well beyond any perceivable logistical or political gains which could have been attained through their combined efforts. Many scores of Republicans now languish in prison, often in sub-human conditions and facing a heartless and vindictive regime that has decades of experience in the torture and marginalising of Irish POWs. As a movement supportive of all POWs, and whose membership are all too aware of the realities and hardships of prison struggle, we have no interest appearing to belittle the position of today’s Republican prisoners and it is not for us to point out the dynamics which may have led to their incarceration. We do however maintain the right to comment upon the impact which continued armed actions have had on the general political landscape here and on the Republican Socialist struggle in particular.
The immediate impact
Firstly the imprisonment of so many political activists has been a godsend to the state and to opponents of popular political struggle in Ireland and not only in terms of bodies lost on the ground. In addition to locking up scores of Republicans; Britain has seized the opportunity to tie down remaining activists in an endless cycle of prison based campaigns; ensuring that the time, resources and energies of militantly minded Republicans are eternally deflected from the vital task of building a viable street based alternative to the corrupt political and economic setup which now exists in Ireland. This alone amounts to a successful outflanking of certain anti-GFA republicans, it is the result of a clearly thought out strategy on Britain’s behalf, yet it has rarely been mentioned by supporters of those practicing armed actions. Instead a misperception is promoted which claims that a viable armed Republican movement can magically be built on the back of prison campaigns.
Yet this is rapidly proving not to be the case, and today the partitionist states, their policy makers, financiers and apologists escape relatively unscathed from militant political and social upheaval, certainly in comparison to other European countries, as hundreds of young Republican activists here instead focus their energies (however gallantly) on white line pickets and protests relevant only to a single issue. At a time when Irish revolutionary voices could have been using their energies and talents to utilise public frustration on the street to build the Republican Socialist fight against austerity, sectarianism and the ongoing failures of partition; proponents of armed actions here are in fact depleting that potential, offering a scapegoat argument to our oppressors – who by talking up the threat – both maximise their own budgets and draconian powers and deflect the public’s mind away from the increasing raft of socio-economically grounded injustices and inequalities which are facing the Irish working class today.
This is a bizarre position for Irish Republicans to remain static within, it is neither logistically wise nor in keeping with traditional IRA practice, which since 1916 and throughout the decades always advocated recognition of when the time simply was not right to fight. Yet the self defeating dynamic remains in place, it is a dynamic which Britain and supporters of Stormont can live with indefinitely and for as long as the remaining IRA groupings allow, it will ensure that their supporter’s role in building a viable alternative to the rotten political setup here is reduced to a minimum.
The political impact of armed actions
To date the combined efforts of the various IRA groupings have resulted in British/State casualties on a par only with the least successful IRA campaigns of the past. In addition the state has learned valuable lessons from those campaigns and has chosen not to give the Republican tradition anymore martyrs but instead to wear down the morale and resources of its limited support base with a conveyor belt system of questionable arrests, convictions and increasingly harsh sentencing. In this process they have been tutored well by former Militant Republicans now loyal to the state. As unsavoury as that reality may seem, it remains a reality and one which is not likely to change should the IRA groupings remain within the tight pigeon-hole in which Britain and its Stormont subservients have clearly backed them into. Furthermore the military capability which would be required to kick hard enough in an attempt to break out of that dynamic quite simply does not exist.
The British state in Ireland has successfully gauged the extent to which the Irish public will tolerate Judicial and human rights abuses of Irish Citizens, the PSNI directed by MI5 are adhering strictly to a set policy of maximum depletion of Republican resources yet minimum comeback as in terms of any public backlash. By and large that policy is working for them and not least because the public are being taught to focus upon failing and questionable armed actions of Republicans while ignoring the litany of crimes being committed against the Irish Working Class by both the British and 26 County states; ruthless austerity, cutbacks in health and social spending and a general downgrading of the lives of ordinary people. Again this is a self-defeating dynamic, into which the Republican armed groupings have stepped and one which the British and 26-County states are happy to allow exist. And within this unfavourable environment, although IRA groupings claim that their actions are disrupting normalisation, their perceived successes have become successes in their minds only, without having adequately politicised and radicalised a new generation of young people (by stressing primarily the socio-political realities of the time) they are in reality impressing only their own small base.
What is at question here is not the right to take up arms against the oppressor; the IRSP does not and never will question that right. The only relevant question which Irish Revolutionaries should be asking themselves at this juncture is ‘what works’? Sporadic armed actions are not working; they are placing zero pressure upon either the British/Stormont or Free State regimes nor upon the capitalist economic systems which underwrite all of those states. In fact they are bolstering the budgets of British Military intelligence and handing a monthly propaganda victory to those who wish to make partition, capitalism, austerity and overt security measures appear to the general public as the rational state of affairs in Ireland; rational in comparison to actions which only achieve a temporary sense of personal achievement for the individuals involved and their supporters on the ground.
All criticisms which we as Irish Revolutionaries, as Republican Socialists have of the failed politics of Good Friday; its inescapable ethos of sectarianism, economic inequality and perpetual partition, wrapped up as it currently is, in the environment of savage Tory & Fine Gael cutbacks upon the livelihoods and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens; can, will and are being explained away by reference to the sporadic actions of the remaining IRA groupings. As with so many times in our recent history, what is required is the building and mobilising of a fighting Labour movement with a sound position on the question of Irish National Liberation, such as that mobilised by Connolly in the years running up to 1913. Years in which a similar economic reality faced the Irish working class as does today. There is no shortcut to building such a movement, it will not be achieved by one movement or party alone and it will have many hardships and setbacks. Yet now should be the prime time to set the foundations for such a movement, one which could truly challenge the status quo as it now exists, truly upset normalisation and awaken the true national and class spirit of the Irish people.
The politics of sporadic armed actions are an attempt to bypass the process of building such a movement; furthermore it is a failed attempt at doing so and one which holds the real potential to create setbacks for those who seek to build a truly effective class based resistance to capitalism and modern partitionist rule in Ireland. Just as advocates of current armed actions assert that they have a right to bear arms in the name of Irish Freedom; in the spirit of comradeship we must urge them to consider what duties come with that right. Not least the duty to consider the logistical limitations which come with practicing armed struggle perpetually in a woefully unsuitable environment. And the very real costs of that decision, both to you personally and to the cause of building a capable Revolutionary momentum, which the Irish people so dearly need and deserve.
Malkangiri (Odisha), Jul 2 (PTI) Maoists killed a tribal man suspecting him to be a police informer at Chintamchilika area here as the rebels began a ‘protest week’ today demanding halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces. A group of ultras had abducted Raman Tamarabi (40) from Chintamchilika on Tuesday and his body was found in a nearby forest yesterday, police officials said. While the victim’s throat was slit, his body also had gunshot marks, they said, adding, that the ultras apparently suspected that Tamarabi was operating as an informer of the police.
The killing took place ahead of a ‘Pratibada Saptaha’ (protest week) called by the banned CPI (Maoist) demanding a halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces. Vehicular movement was disrupted in Naxal-affected areas like Kalimela, Motu, Padia, MV-79 and Chitrakonda in the district as buses and other vehicles stopped plying fearing trouble, police officials said. As a precautionary measure, security personnel were deployed in vulnerable areas and borders with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been sealed. Combing operation and patrolling were also intensified by security forces, police officials said.
CHINTAPALLI (Visakhapatnam): With the Maoists kicking off their protest week, Border Security Force (BSF) inspector general PS Sandhu conducted an aerial survey of the border areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh as well as Malkangiri area of Odisha on Wednesday. The IG reportedly guided the forces on combing operations and precautions to be taken in the Malkangiri area. According to sources, after the aerial survey Sandhu visited the cut-off area of Balimela reservoir, which is a Maoist stronghold, as BSF is playing the key role in anti-Maoist operations in Malkangiri district. Cops suspect that the naxals warned the traders of various areas against attending the weekly markets (shandies) during the protest week.
Nearly three to four shandies are held at various places in the Visakha Agency daily. Sources in the police department said naxals put up banners at Busiputtu area in Munchingput mandal and cops observed some suspicious movement of unidentified persons at Kumkumpudi village in GK Veedhi mandal on Tuesday. Some movement of naxals in small groups was also noticed at the interiors in the Agency area, sources said. Cops suspect that the Maoists may strike at any place to show their presence in the Agency during the protest week.
According to district intelligence sources, Maoists are again trying to establish their lost spaces in villages located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand and West Bengal-Odisha borders in West Midnapore district. The Red rebels are planning a return to Jangalmahal – the forested terrain in western part of West Bengal. While the green belt was freed of the Maoist stranglehold after the Mamata Banerjee government took over in 2011, it seems the rebels are regrouping in the area and have been secretly holding meetings with villagers having Maoist leanings. According to district intelligence sources, Maoists are again trying to establish their lost spaces in villages located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand and West Bengal-Odisha borders in West Midnapore district.
Suspicious activities were noticed in various blocks like Nayagram, Gopiballavpur, Lalgarh, Jamboni and Binpur under the Jhargram sub-division where the Maoists have made significant efforts to resurface in the past few months. It was learnt that Maoist guerrillas held several meeting with the villagers enquiring about the status of various state government schemes and promises made earlier by the Mamata Banerjee government. These meetings were held secretly with those people who once supported the Maoist movement in the forested belts. While Jamboni and Belpahari (in Binpur-II) fall along the Bengal-Jharkhand border, Nayagram and Gopiballavpur are located near the Bengal-Odisha border.
Sources said these Maoist squad members have been visiting the villages in the dark, holding meetings with the villagers and again going back to other side of the borders in the dead of the night. “As of now there is no specific report of a possible armed strike. But the Maoists are trying to sneak into the villages riding on local discontent against the state administration. During the monsoon, it is easier for them to move easily under the green cover,” sources said.
COIMBATORE: Police conducted raids at a house in Mettupalayam on Thursday on suspicion that Maoist sympathisers lived there. Police interrogations revealed that one of the arrested Maoists — S Kannan — and a few other Maoists responsible for recruiting a student, A Santhosh Kumar, to a Maoist group had held a secret meeting there. The raids were conducted based on information obtained from Kannan during inquiry. Kannan had allegedly informed police that Maoist sympathisers and members of various banned political groups had held a meeting there. Valparai police deputy superintendent of police Sakthivel and inspector Vivekanandan conducted the raids at the house in Kumarapuram in Mettupalayam.
“We have found several documents, notices and other evidence at the house that was converted into a library,” said a police official. The house was rented by these sympathisers to hold meetings. The police took Kannan to the spot for location identification. Kannan raised slogans stating that false cases were foisted on him. Meanwhile, principal district judge (in-charge) Sakthivel extended the judicial custody of five Maoists — arrested from here on May 4 — till July 8. Shyna Roopesh was brought from Ernakulam while Anoop Mathew George and C Veeramani were brought from Coimbatore central prison. Kannan and Roopesh were not produced in the the court. The judge dismissed the bail petitions of Nagamanickam and Masanamuthu, two Maoist sympathisers who were arrested by the Peelamedu police.
Maoist ultras shot dead two youths in Jamunia forest under Piri Bazar police station in Lakhisarai district, a police officer said today. The ultras picked up the youths, identified as Laxman Koda (22), Makhru Koda (24) from Jamunia village last night and shot them dead in a nearby forest, Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar said. The ultras killed the two for being police informers, he said. The bullet-riddled bodies of the youths have been recovered and sent to Sadar hospital in neighbouring Munger district for postmortem, the SP said. Raids were being carried to nab those responsible for the murder, Kumar added.
The Ernakulam district principal and sessions on Wednesday extended the police custody of Anoop, an alleged Maoist operative and accused in the Nitta Gelatine attack case by one day. The special investigation team probing the case on Wednesday produced Anoop before the court on expiry of his 14-day custody period. On Thursday, he will be taken back to the Coimbatore Central Jail along with Shyna, another Maoist operative who is under police custody. While being produced, Anoop submitted that the SIT had forcibly collected his thumb impression on a blank paper. Earlier, he had also raised slogans supporting the protests against Nitta Gelatine at Kathikudam and hailing Maoist operations in the Western Ghats.
The case pertains to the ransacking of the Nitta Gelatine office at Panampally Nagar, SBT Avenue Road, on November 11, 2014. Meanwhile, officials said Anoop had not been cooperating with investigations during the custody period and did not respond to most of the questions. He had even turned violent on occasions during grilling. Anoop, a native of Pathanamthitta district, was brought to Kochi based on a production warrant, issued on the basis of a request by Bijo Alexander, assistant commissioner of police, Thrikkakara, who is heading the investigation in the case. Anoop was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Q branch on May 4 and is currently lodged in the Coimbatore Central Jail.
PCm Italy stands in solidarity with the proletarians and the masses in Greece who fight against the dictates of the institutions of the imperialist countries of Europe. This attack must be responded with the general struggle and the general uprising, resisting whatever it costs any agreement between the Syriza government’s and the “Troika” that brings a worsening of living and working condition of masses in Greece. The Syriza’s move to go to a referendum is a short-sighted tactical maneuver with no perspective .
If the “NO” wins, as we obviously wish, the situation will not change at all, the blackmails of Troika will only continue and intensify. If the blackmail backed by all the imperialist governments in Europe – Renzi first – prevails and the “YES” wins, it will be a “live” suicidal and will open the road to the government downfall and a new government in the hands of the Troika and Greek bourgeoisie. But, above all, it will allow Syriza to unload on the masses the responsibility for its failure.
Therefore, PCm Italy, while participates in all initiatives of solidarity, does not join to campaign for “NO” and supports the communist and revolutionary forces in Greece which do not align with the electoral, parliamentary and governmental moves of SYRIZA.
KOLKATA/ WEST MIDNAPORE: Only three days after state police DG GMP Reddy said that there was nothing to worry about Maoists activities in the Jangalmahal, a report by the central intelligence department to the Union ministry of home affairs indicated several Maoist groups are operative in the area. The report is all the more alarming because chief minister had personally enquired about the Maoist activities there. Recently, Reddy, after his meeting with top cops, IB and central force officers, had said, “Though there is nothing alarming in the state right now as far as Maoist activities are concerned, considering the recent activities of the rebels in the neighbouring states we have reviewed the situation and have instructed the officers to stay alert.”
But the report sent to the home ministry says a different story. It has been mentioned that there are at least ten groups — all from Jharkhand and Odisha — which are frequenting parts of Purulia, Bankura and West Mindapore and conducting meeting with the villagers and local youths. In the report, there is mention of Gopal Pande and Rahul who are making rounds in the Jangalmahal area regularly. Pande — a resident of Kantasole and a former member of PCPA — was arrested in 2013. But in 2014, he fled to Jharkhand after his release on bail. “Recently, Pande was seen in parts of Jangalmahal moving around with youths of the locality,” the report claimed.
But, the intelligence inputs they failed to provide any details about Rahul who is reportedly moving around Purulia’s Ayodhya hills area now. When asked about recent Maoists activities in Jangalmahal, Purulia SP Siddhrath Nilkath said, “People go on telling a lot of things but so far we haven’t got any concrete evidence of Maoist presence here. We are keeping a close watch”. Bharati Ghosh, SP of West Midnapore, said, “There is no information about any Maoist presence in the district.” However, a senior officer on condition of anonymity said, “It is too early to say that the Lalgarh days are back. But we cannot deny the fact that the rebels are returning. There is another issue which we are bothering us. The villagers who were so long working as the eyes and the ears of police and joint forces have suddenly become silent. We need to find out whether they have stopped speaking because of Maoist fear.”
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the Maoists calling for protest week from July 1 to protest against fake encounters, illegal arrests and surrenders by cops, fear has gripped the Visakha Agency with tribals too scared to even venture out to the weekly markets. This even as news of the formation of the new division and recent visits of central committee leaders to Visakha and East Godavari districts have sent the security forces into a tizzy. Weekly markets at various places in the Visakha Agency wore a deserted look on Tuesday.
While many suspected informers remained in the villages, sympathisers and militia members did not venture out fearing arrests by cops. According to sources, those on the Naxal hit list, including people’s representatives and political leaders, have already shifted to safer places fearing Maoist strikes. “The movement of Reds is visible in many pockets in the Agency area and they might indulge in violent activity to show their presence,” a senior police officer in the agency area told TOI. State director general of police Jasti Venkat Ramudu met officials of the Visakha Agency in the evening and discussed the action to be taken to restrict the banned outfit. He, however, told media persons that the Maoists problem in the district was under control.
Sumant Parida, a youth social activist from Rayagada district of Odisha alleged that the police are trying to harass him by terming him to be an associate of Maoists. Sumant is a member of Lokshakti Abhiyan, an organisation involved in taking up issues related to environment, displacement and rights of tribals and Dalits. Speaking to newsmen in Berhampur along with Lokshakti Abhiyan convener Prafulla Samantra, he said in recent past anti-Naxal squad of the Rayagada district police had raided his house and pressed him to provide information regarding some Maoist leaders. “Security personnel threatened me if I did not provide information regarding the Naxalites that I never knew,” said Sumant.
According to Mr Samantra, it was an effort to frame up Sumant. He claimed that Sumant was a Gandhian and believed in democratic movements against anti-people policies of the government and corporate sector and had no links with the Naxalites. “He is former president of Rayagada College students’ union and now earns his living working as plumber,” Mr Samantra said. He is also involved in a movement to protect Jhanjabati and Nagavali rivers. “The Naxalites also have a squad named Jhanjabati. It seems the police officials might have linked Sumant with the Naxalites because of it,” Mr Samantra said.