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Round the World

North Kalimantan People’s Forces

Setting Up Base Areas

[This short article is reprinted from Peking Review, Vol. 11, #44, Nov. 1, 1968, p. 28.]

Under the leadership of the North Kalimantan National Liberation League, the people’s forces have smashed the “mopping-up” campaigns staged jointly by the Indonesian military regime and the U.S.-British imperialist backed “Malaysian” puppet government. They have established revolutionary base areas.

League organizations have mushroomed in the cities, villages and border areas. With the support of the peasant masses, the people’s forces have used flexible guerrilla tactics to annihilate enemy effectives. According to a report in the North Kalimantan journal Liberation, they wiped out 73 enemy troops, in a battle to smash the “mopping-up” campaign.

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Our great leader Chairman Mao teaches us, “Revolutions and revolutionary wars are inevitable in class society, and without them it is impossible to accomplish any leap in social development and to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and therefore impossible for the people to win political power.” The revolutionary people in many Southeast Asian countries are determined to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and set up their own political power by armed struggle. Undaunted by hardships and difficulties and slighting weapons manufactured by U.S. imperialism and Soviet revisionism, they have defeated one “mopping-up” operation after another launched by the reactionaries. They are studying in earnest Chairman Mao’s brilliant thinking on people’s war and are pushing on with the armed struggle by firmly relying on the masses, setting up rural base areas and using the countryside to encircle the cities. They are deeply convinced that, provided they integrate the universal truth of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Tse-tung’s thought, with the concrete practice of the revolution in their own countries, they are bound to come out victorious in the struggle.

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