Born on December 3, 1934, in Molendo, a small town in Peru, Dr. Abimael Guzman (com. Gonzalo), leader of the Peruvian Communist Party (Signing Path), died in September 11 at the naval base in Callao, Peru. Comrade Gonzalo, who was arrested in Lima on September 12, 1992, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Fujimori government, a puppet of US imperialism, and was kept in a dungeon. Lately, he was suffering from skin cancer. Despite serious voices from revolutionary parties and human rights organizations around the world, Peru’s reactionary government had never been sensitive to his treatment and life. Even though the government has said he died in a military hospital, voices are being raised around the world that it was a premeditated assassination.
Com. Gonzalo began the process of reorganizing the Communist Party of Peru in the 1960s. Under the ideological guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Shining Path initiated the protracted people’s war in Peru from 1980. After about twelve years of initiation, he was arrested in Lima while planning a strategic counter-offensive. He then struggled in the enemy’s dungeon for 29 consecutive years. We can never forget the important ideological role the Peruvian revolution had played in initiating the people’s war in Nepal. The song, “Whether one likes it or not, a red flag is fluttering in Peru” written by a martyred comrade Ram Brikshya Yadav at that time, is still ringing in the ears of every revolutionary in Nepal.
Com. Gonzalo was a symbol of conviction and a revolutionary who never bowed before the enemy. His death is a serious loss for the world communist movement. In this hour of grief, our party pays a heartfelt tribute to com. Gonzalo and expresses solidarity with the Communist Party of Peru and her revolutionary people.
Date: September 12, 2021
CPN (Revolutionary Maoist)