Attention: Preliminary translation


Intervention by the Peru People’s Movement at the International Conference in Wuppertal on the 25th and 26th of September 1999


Proletarians of all countries, unite!




1. On the current situation and the People’s War

"The Party takes a firm position on what was established by our Great Leadership [Jefatura], which condemns and crushes those who think we are experiencing a great defeat; this is simply a bend in the road of the revolution, nothing more; what corresponds is to persist and overcome the bend in the road with People’s War, because without it there would be no place for the proletariat, for the people, nor for the Party, and the revolution couldn’t triumph. The Party assumes its role as heroic combatant; it is applying Gonzalo Thought with firmness and resolution to resolve new problems, crushing the campaigns of encirclement and annihilation within the low-intensity war that imperialism, mainly Yankee imperialism, crafts, demolishing the monstrosities of "pacification", which is an obtuse defense of this exploitative and oppressive order bred by that drove of reactionary and revisionist imbeciles who rant and rave to defend and maintain their daily dole."

(Central Committee of the PCP, September 1999)

Thus the Party’s position is firm and is not going to change, not even with the arrest of Comrade Feliciano who seconds Chairman Gonzalo. It is under the leadership of Comrade Feliciano that the Party and the People’s War have reached the point we are at now, in the final phase of overcoming the bend in the road. It must be made clear that arrest of Comrade Feliciano is not the so-called "defeat of sendero" that the fascist, genocidal and country-selling dictatorship vainly proclaims; once again they will have to swallow their own black vomit, because this is part of the war and does not signify a "turning point" in the People’s War. The People’s War finds itself within the strategic equilibrium, the second stage of the protracted war, which for the enemy signifies struggling to recover positions in order to maintain its system, and for our hill signifies preparing the strategic offensive through Building the Conquest of Power. The Communist Party of Peru (PCP) is now reorganized and under the Great Leadership [Jefatura]of Chairman Gonzalo, the Party masterfully leads the People’s War clearly serving the overcoming of the bend in the road. We who uphold Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Gonzalo Thought maintain the principle that the commander never dies; let there be no doubts that the Party will overcome all difficulties and resolve the problems that will come from the arrest of Comrade Feliciano. With respect to the key question, leadership, the Party as always has resolved this question in a brilliant way. Now facing the arrest of Comrade Feliciano it is Comrade Julio who takes up the leadership of the entire Party.

The Peru People’s Movement takes a position, we subject ourselves to and close ranks around the system of Party leadership established by Chairman Gonzalo, together with all the Party and all the organisms that it leads. It is Comrade Julio who today leads the Central Committee. We express with revolutionary jubilation our total and complete recognition of this and we reaffirm ourselves on our plain conviction that we can count on a leadership proven through years and in the midst of the People’s War, forged by our Great Leader [Jefe], Chairman Gonzalo, who will lead us to the final victory.

In its desperation and impotence in the face of the People’s War, facing the power actions in the last half year, the Peruvian reactionaries and the puppet on the point of the armed forces’ bayonets, under the mandate of imperialism, principally Yankee, and all those who serve the enemy only have been able to achieve a cheap resonance in the psychological war and today they find themselves with no way out.

The greater elevation of the levels reached by the guerrilla actions have had repercussions throughout the country. The guerrilla war in its two forms, assaults and ambushes, continues to develop successfully, allowing the People’s Liberation Army at every possible opportunity to audaciously apply mobile warfare and causing the enemy great defeats. This has been the case with the taking of different cities, such as the taking of Uchiza where different vehicles were used and the People’s Liberation Army united the masses in the central square and carried out people’s trials and carried out armed agitation and propaganda; another case was the assault on the military base at Llanco in Satipo, Junin province where the People’s Liberation Army attacked the base from four different directions, including from boats on the river, retreating without any losses. The selective annihilation has been developed choosing targets better, thus landing powerful blow on the old reactionary state and against their informers and the traitors to the road of the Party and the revolution, that is to say those who act against our always shining road of "People’s War until Communism!"

Sabotage has been raised to new heights, thus causing the old, rotten Peruvian state more losses, principally aiming against bureaucratic capitalism that finds itself in a general crisis with no way out. Weeks after the capture of Comrade Feliciano the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) carried out a series of sabotage actions against electrical towers in a great part of Upper Huallaga, thus reminding the reactionary, fascist and genocidal criminals who have fled to the cities that their days are numbered. The People’s War has developed unstoppably and it will approach them to finally crush them, thus opening the path to the New Peru. The People’s Republic of Peru serves the initiation of socialist construction and with successive cultural revolutions we will march to our golden and always shining final goal, Communism.

Today the future of the New Power is being concretized in the open people’s committees and the Support Bases that have been defended with fire and blood through the hard struggle, confronting and delivering swift, accurate blows to reaction, making them retreat after each attempted "encirclement and annihilation" campaign that seeks to annihilate our Party, the PLA and the New Power. These are stupid dreams and we tell them "keep dreaming" if they think that the masses are going to renounce the principles: "political power grows from the barrel of a gun" and "it’s right to rebel", or if they think that they can tear the fruits of the People’s War-the New Power in its six forms, principally the Open People’s Committees-from the hands of the armed masses.

In this way we see that what the reactionaries are vomiting up are nothing more than the sinister hoaxes and manipulation of events, crude and ridiculous hoaxes that no-one with two ounces of sense can take seriously; all those with eyes to see and ears to hear can understand that the People’s War is overcoming the bend in the road and crushing the hoaxes of "pacification", "pacification and development", etc. These vociferations are false, just as almost everything they say is false; they have crowed victory too soon and the armed actions are exploding in their faces, shaking up our entire homeland.


2. On the defense of the Great Leadership [Jefatura] of Chairman Gonzalo

We have unmasked and shattered into a thousand pieces the counterrevolutionary hoax that this fascist, genocidal and country-selling regime has set up, nursing and fathering a revisionist ROL; those wretched, revisionist rats and petty groveling chieftains have been unable to withstand a work-related accident; they were unable to carry out the internal debate, and instead fled cowardly, expressing as part of their revisionist essence their zeal to split, and from outside [the Party-Trans.] they have raised their dark, rotten and pus-filled flags of capitulation. This is how they acted and are acting, trying to surprise the na´ve and ignorant; these wretched traitors defame our Great Leader [Jefe] as a capitulator. The Party has unmasked the fabricated montages and hoaxes, such as the so-called "self-criticisms," one by one with deeds and proofs; from this we condemn and plainly reject the position that "Chairman Gonzalo is behind the letters. . . ." Six years after the presentation of the "letters", when they don’t even correspond to reality, the only thing they do is repeat the black vomit that erupts from the bloody gullets of this fascist, genocidal and country-selling regime, and in this way converging with the revisionist and capitulationist ROL; the only support they have is the corruption that emanates from the sewers of reaction, and nothing else.

(Central Committee of the PCP, September 1999)


To defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo is to repudiate, crush and sweep away the counterrevolutionary hoax of the "peace accords" that imperialism (principally Yankee), revisionism (concretely the revisionist and capitulationist Right Opportunist Line) and reaction (the fascist regime) have built up in collaboration, praising the dark hoaxes of "surrender" and "repentance" and trafficking with the name of Chairman Gonzalo. To defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo is to defend Chairman Gonzalo in his conditions as Great Leader [Jefe] of the Party and the Revolution! To defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo is to defend his all-powerful thought, to continue the People’s War by applying Gonzalo Thought, resolving the new problems that the revolution faces!

What is left of the counter-revolutionary hoax about "peace accords"? Nothing! They have been totally blown up by the unstoppable advances of the People’s War. What is left of the so-called "indications" and "proofs" that some have affirmed "indicate that Chairman Gonzalo is behind the peace accords"? Nothing but words that come from the mouth of the enemy. The Party has unmasked with deeds each of the hoaxes and montages like the so-called self-criticisms of the rats from the revisionist and capitulationist Right Opportunist Line (ROL) have made, that have been carried out and set up by the Peruvian Intelligence Service (SIN) itself. The so-called "indications and proofs" have been completely swept away. Not one serious political argument has been proposed in this filthy attack on Chairman Gonzalo and his all-powerful Thought; or are they going to stay with not differentiating between a Great Leadership [Jefatura] based on a scientific foundation-a thought that is the result of a creative application of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to concrete reality-and leaders that historically, in some cases, have betrayed the class and the people? Or are they going to continue negating the historical truth that there has never been a great leadership [jefatura], neither Marx, Lenin nor Chairman Mao who has betrayed the class and its struggle? Are they going to continue concretely attacking Chairman Gonzalo and presenting him as a traitor, with the sole "foundation" that the revisionist and capitulationist ROL, such as the wretched Nancy, have betrayed and have foully thrown themselves against the Party and the People’s War, collaborating with the fascist regime. What kind of proof is this "foundation"? That would make each betrayal in the history of the International Communist Movement into a "proof" for those that converge with the enemy’s plans by sustaining that "Chairman Gonzalo is behind the peace letters". To hell with those "proofs" and "foundations"! This is nothing more than grist for the enemy’s mill, dirt they are throwing in our eyes, like trying to hide the sun with their thumb.

It must be made clear that to try to put Chairman Gonzalo behind the hoax of the "peace accord" and in this way be a cheap echo of the enemy’s campaign is to converge with the revisionist and capitulationist ROL! It means clashing with Chairman Gonzalo and negating Gonzalo Thought, which leads to directly clashing with Maoism, because we must always bear in mind that it is Chairman Gonzalo who has established Maoism and who has made the call to "Uphold, defend and apply Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!" at the time when there was still no party in the world, apart from the PCP, that had taken up Maoism. The principal aspect of Gonzalo Thought is precisely to have defined Maoism as the third, new and superior stage of Marxism.

Defending Chairman Gonzalo is inextricably linked to defending his all-powerful Thought, to defending him in his condition as Great Leader [Jefe] of the Communist Party of Peru and of the Peruvian revolution. But to defend and make a great campaign for Chairman Gonzalo, Gonzalo Thought and for the People’s War in Peru serves and is inextricably joined to putting Maoism as the command and guide of world proletarian revolution, embodying it within the peoples of the world and stepping to command the New Great Wave of the world proletarian revolution that we are entering into today, reconstituting militarized, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties in function of initiating and developing people’s war.

In all the places where this has been the political content of the campaign to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo, the campaign has developed very successfully. Furthermore we have what a comrade of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) reports about how the campaign has been developed in Nepal: "We made a campaign for Chairman Gonzalo, a campaign on Peru as part of our preparation for People’s War. We have linked the two things. We have distributed tens of thousands of posters with the image of Chairman Gonzalo and the slogan ‘Defend the Life Chairman Gonzalo’, . . . really we did this as part of our preparation. It was not only a campaign for Chairman Gonzalo, but also for his ideology, for the People’s War, and when we were explaining all this to the masses, at the same time we were preparing our own revolution."

Let this be an example for everyone how to join the question of the defense of the Great Leadership [Jefatura] of Chairman Gonzalo with the development of the class struggle in their own country, the reconstitution of the parties and ultimately the initiation and development of people’s war to conquer power for the class and the people.

There are not only successful experiences in the development of the campaign to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo. There are also some very negative ones, experiences that show now Communists and revolutionaries must draw lessons and see our responsibilities in order to correct ourselves, so in this way serve the revolution and the class more and better. The campaign to "Move heaven and earth to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo!", a campaign that began immediately after the capture of Chairman Gonzalo in September 1992, and the great work of the Emergency Committee to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo has carried out, have been warmly greeted by our Party. But it is also a fact that this campaign has been completely deactivated at an international level, even though some of it continues at a local level. How is it possible, we ask ourselves, that the campaign to defend the greatest living Marxist-Leninist-Maoist on the face of the Earth has been deactivated? The answer is not "lack of people", or "lack of money" or something similar. The answer is simply that it is the logical consequence of the position that the RIM Committee has taken, creating public opinion against Chairman Gonzalo, sowing doubts about Chairman Gonzalo and that he is behind the revisionist and capitulationist ROL and the "peace accords" hoax.

These positions that clearly clash with Chairman Gonzalo and that lead to a clash with Maoism itself must be condemned, crushed and completely swept away! It is no good to deny or minimize the problem, or to believe that it will solve itself or that it is a question that is limited to the Peruvian revolution. This is a decisive question for the world proletarian revolution, and for that reason it is the duty for each Communist and especially for each Communist party and revolutionary organization to take a firm position to defend Chairman Gonzalo, to defend his Great Leadership [Jefatura].

Furthermore, this raises a question of centering the struggle against the revisionist and capitulationist ROL, aiming against the points of convergence that there are with this line both inside and outside our ranks. To converge is to get off course, and in the end to plummet. To not center on the struggle against the revisionist and capitulationist ROL, and hence to negate criticism and self-criticism, the principle of two-line struggle that is fundamental for Communists, leads to diverting the struggle and not putting Maoism as the command and guide of the world proletarian revolution with people’s war.


3. On the organization in defense of the Great Leadership [Jefatura].

The Emergency Committee must be reactivated, it has been a necessity for a long time and it is an urgent necessity today when the plans to assassinate our Great Leadership [Jefatura] continue. It is much more important that the campaign to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo contain the political content it should have. Therefore, the Communist Party of Peru, through its generated organism the MPP, proclaims the necessity to create an organization in defense of the Great Leadership [Jefatura], an organization whose objective is to defend Chairman Gonzalo in his condition as Great Leader [Jefe] of the Party and the Revolution linked to the campaign for Maoism.

Therefore, this is a very welcome opportunity to make a call to advance towards the creation of an organization in defense of the Great Leadership [Jefatura]. Naturally, the PCP will play an important role in this new organization as is correct, but at the same time include all those who sincerely seek to defend the life of Chairman Gonzalo and do so in his condition as the Great Leader [Jefe] of the PCP and the Peruvian revolution. At the same time this organization also will serve to defend the life of Comrade Feliciano, of the other prisoners of war and political prisoners, along with in general spreading support for the People’s War in Peru.

This conference serves to put the construction of the organization to defend the Great leadership [Jefatura] as the order of the day throughout the world and especially in Europe. Similar future activities, along with other conferences and international, national and local seminars, meetings and activities must be carried out as part of this process. Here we call on the parties and organizations of RIM, the parties and organizations of the International Communist Movement, the revolutionaries, democrats and broad masses in all parts of the world to actively participate in the reactivation of the IEC and advance towards the creation of the organization to defend the Great Leadership [Jefatura]!




the Peru People’s Movement
September 1999


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