A Bright Red Star on a Shining Path

English-language translation of a statement by the Communist Party of Burma about Peruvian revolutionary martyr Edith Lagos that was sent to us.
Proletarians of all countries, unite!


Communist Party of Burma
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The Red Flag
English-language translation of a statement by the Communist Party of Burma about Peruvian revolutionary martyr Edith Lagos that was sent to us.
Burmese original published by cp-burma.com. English translation first published by The Red Flag.


The colonial fascists and the bloodsucking bourgeoisie are afraid of communists even hundreds of years after their death. They seem to be afraid of them rising up once more and revolting, afraid that their rebellious spirits will drag them down from their thrones. More than a hundred years after his death, the tomb of Karl Marx was repeatedly destroyed, not allowing him any rest. He still affects them. Before his death, Marx was under constant surveillance — and even more than a hundred years after his death, a spy camera was installed at his graveside.

How does this apply to Burma? Khin Nyunt wrote that Thakin Than Tun‘s ashes were transported to the mouth of the sea by a warship and shot down. The tomb of Thakin Bahin was also removed and disappeared. But their histories do not fade — they do not disappear — regardless of the actions of all these enemies. The more oppressive darkness prevails, the brighter the history of such heroes shines in a rotten society.

On September 3rd, 1982, a 19 year old guerrilla comrade named Edith Lagos was executed. She was a member of the Communist Party of Peru (Shining Path). Even though her funeral was closed to the public, it was attended by more than 30,000 locals. Lagos was a kind young woman, who became a militant of the Communist Party at age 16. She is still admired by young Peruvians. She was arrested in December 1980, seven months after the Party began its armed uprising. The government claimed she was involved in student struggles and in revolutionary violence. In prison, she was Party organizing with other comrades, and also conducted recruitment activities. She was also known as a prison writer for her poetry.

The guerrillas stormed the prison on March 2nd, 1982, rescuing 70 prisoners — Lagos being one of them. She was a prominent commander in the People‘s Guerrilla Army. About half of the guerrillas were women colleagues, and 40% of all commanders were women. Shortly after her release from prison, a fierce battle ensued between the guerrillas and the enemy. Lagos was captured when enemy troops arrived by helicopter. The enemy reportedly stabbed her to death. According to some sources, she was raped, tortured and killed. She was only 19 at the time of her demise.

Even though the ruling government banned her funeral as an illegal gathering, about half of the 70,000 residents of the small town in which it took place marched in the funeral procession. Lagos‘ parents were wealthy — yet she still dropped out of university (where she was studying law) and joined the Communist Party. In 1988, six years after her death, a fascist militia bombed Lagos‘ grave. Even after her death, the enemy was still terrified of her, to the extent that they couldn‘t even stand the sight of her graveside. They tremble at the knowledge that she has a grave, that anything of Edith Lagos remains. Communist heroes are immortal; they live on in history.

Burma, 04.12.2021