Defend the Life of Chairman Gonzalo

This statement was issued on September 24, 2013 to highlight the 21st anniversary of the famous speech made by the main leader of the Communist Party of Peru, Abimael Guzmán (“Chairman Gonzalo”) when he was exhibited in a cage by those who had captured him two weeks earlier. We republish today including the final list of the signatories.

– Le Bureau d’information politique

Since September 1992, Chairman Gonzalo, head of the Peruvian revolution, is held hostage in complete isolation by the corrupt, genocide and anti-people regimes that have succeeded in Peru, supported by imperialism, mainly US imperialism.

In all these years, the ruling classes in Peru and imperialists have consistently attempted to crush his revolutionary integrity, introducing him as head of the capitulation instead of revolution, but they always denied him the right to speak openly and make known his position and today they are renewing and intensifying threats against his physical integrity and life itself.

Today, September 24th, marks the 21th anniversary of his masterful speech, pronounced from the obscene cage in which the Fujimori regime had presented him.

In all these years, we have never given up the defense of this speech and of Chairman Gonzalo, the support to the PCP, and even today, while the People’s War in Peru suffers a phase of flexure and the Party struggles to overcome it, we support the Peruvian comrades who in Peru and abroad carry on the ideology and practice and the line of the People’s War pointed out by Chairman Gonzalo, as established in the 1st Congress of the Party, of which it recurs the 25th anniversary.

The 24 September 1992, the Chairman Gonzalo said loud and clear:
“We are here as children of the people and we are fighting in these trenches, they are also trenches of combat, and we do it because we are Communists! Because here we are defending the interests of the people, the principles of the Party, and the People’s War. That is what we do, we are doing it and will continue to do so! […] The road is long and we shall arrive. We shall triumph! […] What do we need? We need Maoism to be incarnated, and it is being incarnated, and by generating Communist Parties to drive and lead this new great wave of the world proletarian revolution that is coming.”

These words continue being today the reference point to advance in Peru and still have a great importance in the world and as communists we renew our commitment to defend the life of chairman Gonzalo against all the attempts by imperialism and reaction in Peru to destroy him, the PCP and the PW in Peru.

Communist Party of Brazil – Red Fraction
New Democracy Association (Peru), Germany
Construction Committee of the Maoist Communist Party of Galicia
Maoist Communist Party – France
Maoist Communist Party – Italy
Communist Party of Ecuador – Red Sun
Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML)
Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR-RCP Canada)
Long March Towards Communism – Madrid/Spain