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Support the Indian revolution! Down with Operation Kagaar! 

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Robert Reid | Chairperson FFPS

On May 24, eight peasants of the indigenous Adivasi people were brutally arrested and executed by state forces in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. This brutal episode is only one of the many fascist attacks by the Indian state against the Adivasi people and opponents of the state in the last months. Operation Kagaar, the name of the broader “counterinsurgency” operation, has as of June 2024 taken the lives of more than 130 people, with many more victims of harassment, abductions, displacement, torture, and rape. 

The indigenous Adivasis live in remote areas that are extremely rich in natural resources, like the Dandakaranya forest. Due to this wealth, the Adivasis have been facing displacement and oppression by the Indian state, on behalf of national and international capital, for decades. 

The Adivasi people and their allies have been bravely resisting this imperial plunder. The strongest force in this has been the revolutionary movement led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Since 2004 the CPI (Maoist) and the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) have been waging people’s war against the Indian state, feudal oppression and exploitation, and imperial domination. 

The revolutionary movement has been deeply rooted among the Adivasis in their fight for the environment, ancestral land, and livelihood. They have been such a big threat to the national and international capital that the Indian state has named it the ‘biggest internal security threat’ of India. In a desperate attempt to destroy the revolutionary movement and to displace the Adivasis from their rich lands, the Indian state has been committing a decade-long genocide on the Adivasis. Operation Kagaar is just the latest in this series of “counterinsurgency” operations. 

In response to the current operation Kagaar, the CPI (Maoist) and the International Committee to Support the People’s War in India (ICSPWI) have called for a campaign to oppose the Operation Kagaar and to support the resistance of the Adivasi people, with the people’s war as its highest expression. The call has been answered by many struggling peoples all around the world, including by the revolutionary movement in the Philippines which has declared a month of solidarity with the Indian people’s struggle. 

We as Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle celebrate these concrete expressions of international solidarity with other oppressed and exploited peoples of the world ,and also stand in solidarity with the Indian people’s struggle, in particular with the revolutionary movement and the Adivasi masses. As we stand together to expose the genocidal operation Kagaar, we know that for as long as the Indian masses are exploited and oppressed, they will continue to resist. So let’s celebrate their people’s resistance and their revolution, as we recognize it as a just and necessary effort of the Indian people to liberate themselves and achieve a genuine peace! 

From India to the Philippines, stop the bombings!
From India to the Philippines, victory to the resistance! 
Stop Operation Kagaar!
Long live international solidarity!