MÉXICO: In Memory of Comrade Jorge Alberto Cruz Torres

The following is a translation from our comrades at Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo

Our country’s proletariat and popular masses suffer another loss within our ranks with the passing of Comrade Jorge Alberto Cruz Torres, who stood out for his unyielding work as a professor and educator in service of the working class.

During his time working for our democratic organization, Torres demonstrated honesty and humility while sharing his knowledge within the deepest layers of the masses, going from lecture halls and university chairs to the shops, to meetings in huts made of reeds and palm leaves, or beneath tents to outdoor classrooms in both rural and urban communities.

An ever-caring spirit, Torres joined the struggle in defense of the land, participating especially in the Campamentos en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio, a democratic peasants organization in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, sharing his knowledge with the poor farmers and fishermen, surrounding himself with the rich experiences of the struggling community. Jorge Alberto maintained that that was how you formed a new culture led by the oppressed and learned/developed the mass line, consisting in taking the politics of the masses to the masses.

In his work, he promoted Maoism as the third and highest stage of Marxism, taking it into practice and preaching it to his postgraduate students in unwavering defense of the proletariat ideology against liberals and revisionists who attempt to make public universities a trench for rightism. 

As an intellectual at the service of the working people, he toured fishing communities by the sea, agrarian communities in the hills, mountains, and jungles as well as different colonies and irregular settlements where the impoverished masses of the city fight for housing rights while vindicating the struggle for the right to power.

He was an active participant in the struggle against the poorly named “education reform”. He was also an internationalist who stood in solidarity with proletarian struggles around the world, especially drawn to the “yellow jackets” in France, in particular with the French Communist Party- Maoist (PCM) for which he felt a special affinity due to his knowledge and use of the language, lending his services as a Spanish translator for the PCM, whose work have been published in our media.

Since the start of his time in the movement, Comrade Jorge Alberto was an avid studier of the Democratic Revolution in Korea, admiring the life and works of Kim Il Sung but also a strong critic of the rightism of the Worker’s Parky of Korea at the front of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which, with the rise of revisionism into power, has allowed for a restoration of capitalism under “revolutionary” terminology and theses foreign to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, or in the words of our comrades, “they’ve only served to legitimize the illegitimate and dishonor the people of Korea and the heroic process of proletarian revolution which needs to reemerge with socialist characteristics.”

He always carried the international proletariat in his heart and in mind; the highest value of humanity, the fight to establish proletarian power, the disruption of the status quo and its paradigms: the global proletariat revolution.

The final important action of our dear comrade was during phase one of our Day of Justice and People’s Rights this past March, where he and a group of intellectuals gave a presentation in front of hundreds of poor villagers, fishermen, indigenous peoples, workers, youth, and women of the town, speaking on the 100 year anniversary of the foundation of the Communist International and the 100 year anniversary of the constitution of the Communist Party of Mexico.

It is always valid and absolutely necessary to honor any fallen comrades, from those who have fallen to the bullets of our class enemies to those who have passed away from natural causes, all dreaming objectively of the bright future of our class and the oppressed nations, just like our comrade Jorge Alberto Cruz Torres.

We maintain the teachings of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung: “To die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather.” Our comrade died defending the people, therefore his death weighs heavier that the highest mountain in this country.

Comrade Jorge Cruz lives in the struggle!