Saturday, March 16, 2024

100th anniversary of El Machete, the newspaper of Mexico's communists

The 15th of March 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the first issue of "El Machete", the official gazette of the Communist Party of Mexico (Partido Comunista of Mexico). The historic newspaper was born as the organ of the Union of Technical Workers, Painters and Sculptors of Mexico, members of which were Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Cle Orozco and Xavier Guerrero. 

On May 1, 1925, El Machete became the Central Organ of the Communist Party, Mexican Section of the Communist International, thus becoming a tool for the organization of the Party and the working class under the conception.Marxist-Leninist of the revolutionary press.

Throughout the years, the pages of El Machete reflected the daily struggle of the working class, the trade union movement, the precarious and repression that workers suffered, the struggles of working women and the organizational advances of the PCM. In addition, the principle of proletarian internationalism was illuminated, with information on the advances of socialism in the Soviet Union, the activities of the Communist International member parties and reporting the struggles of the communists in other parts of the world such as the Spanish Civil War.

The Machete also showed that the work of the communists among the working class is carried out under all the conditions of struggle, as it continued to be published even under the repression of the government of Plutarco Elías Calles and the governments of the maxim - that outlawed the activities of the PCM and the circulation of its newspaper, which involved the publication of the Machete clandestinely between 1929 and 1936.

Honoring the struggle experience of the working class of Mexico and the communists of the 20th century, on May 1, 2021, the Communist Party of Mexico (CPM) decided to recover the name of El Machete for the publication of the organ of the Central Committee.

Today, 100 years since the publication of the 1st issue of El Machete, Mexican communists pay tribute to the militants who made possible the existence of El Machete, both to its founders, to those who followed, to the workers and peasants who wrote in their pages and to those who passed from hand in hand to the newspaper to forge rebellion.

100 years later, we commemorate the newspaper of the working class and the communists of Mexico, which was an example of struggle, a tool to organize and combat the exploiters, and which is today an inexhaustible collection of experiences political lessons that contribute to the emancipation of exploitation in capitalism of the struggle against its exploiters.

¡Viva El Machete! ¡Viva el Partido Comunista de México!

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