On July 24, over 12,000 people protested in various Philippine cities for higher wages and affordable food, among other demands. The demonstrators called on the government to provide for the welfare of the masses instead of providing a carefree life for the exploiting classes in the Philippines. According to Filipino sources, among the protesters were also several democratic groups who joined them and together with the masses denounced the Marcos government for its silence in the face of the problems and needs of the people.

On July 30, the New Peoples Army led by the Communist Party of the Philippines conducted an ambush on the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army through in Negros Oriental province of the island nation. In the incident, one soldier of the old Philippine state was killed and another was wounded.

On August 02, a policeman of the old Philippine state was injured in Guihulngan, also in Negros Oriental province by an operation of the NPA.

The NPA reports that 30 new red soldiers have completed their military training and are ready to carry out future actions in the service of the people's war.

On August 7, 2,000 residents gathered on Samar, the third largest island in the Philippines, in response to a call to raise their voices against exploitative and polluting mining industries in the region. The actions were accompanied by a protest caravan that passed through various towns on the island, rallying the demonstrators around them.

On August 9, New People's Army fighters carried out an ambush on a pick-up truck, injuring three members of the CAFGU, a paramilitary unit serving the old Philippine Army. The three paramilitaries were driving along a road when their car was detonated by the NPA.

Also on 9 August, a unit of the New People's Army's Roselyn Jean Pelle Command in Negros Occidental Province carried out at 5 a.m. a sentence handed down by a revolutionary people's court against two intelligence agents who had been sentenced to death for espionage and counterinsurgency. According to the announcement, the death sentence itself was pronounced two years ago, but was not carried out until this day, as in the meantime it was hoped that the two agents would change their behavior and cease their counterrevolutionary activities. Four hours later, the same NPA unit raided a police van and confiscated a total of four assault rifles, ammunition and a .45 caliber pistol. At the time of the attack, the police van contained ten policemen from the Calatrava District Police Station, including its Deputy Police Chief Capt. Jesus Alba. During the operation, one policeman was killed and three other policemen, including the Deputy Police Chief were injured. All other policemen left the operation zone terrified and without taking countermeasures.

On July 28, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) launched Martyrs' Week. Martyrs' Week is a regular activity to commemorate all those who paid with their lives in the struggle for the New Democratic Revolution and the People's War in India. July 28th is not a randomly chosen date, but the anniversary of the death of the Indian revolutionary leader Charu Mazumdar, who was assassinated by the Indian reaction on this day in 1972. Already in the last article we reported about the first publicly known mobilization actions for the week of the martyrs that were carried out in the state of Odisha in Bargarh.

The old Indian state is also aware of the significance of Martyrs' Week. According to several Indian reactionary press articles, it is preparing for actions by revolutionaries and is paying special attention to the states of the so-called Red Corridor. The Red Corridor, according to bourgeois sources, describes a corridor through ten Indian states where the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is particularly strong and has its base areas (see map).

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According to bourgeois media reports, the secretary of a regional party organization in the border region around the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh called for participation in meetings in honor of Martyrs' Week, which will be held in villages to commemorate those who gave their lives for the revolution. In response to these upcoming celebrations, the Indian Reaction announced an anti-Maoist search operation on the border between the three states of Telangana, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. In addition to this operation, several bus operators in the border region around Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have suspended their operations.

Despite all these attempts on the part of the old Indian state to sabotage and restrict the celebrations of Martyrs' Week, these attempts have been without visible success.

On July 29, the Indian Telegraph claimed that there had been a firefight between members of the old Indian state and Maoist forces in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, in which six Maoist combatants had been killed. However, the old Indian authorities could not produce any proof of this claim. On the same day, however, the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Kalahandi district in the state of Odisha led to the cancellation of an anti-Maoist search operation conducted by special forces and police units.

Finally, the old Indian state suffered another defeat in the state of Telanga. On August 02 and 03, a huge crowd gathered to participate in a public event to mark the end of Martyrs' Week. According to Telanga Today, during the two days, different cultural programs were performed and the families of martyred fighters were introduced. Also, a memorial was inaugurated in honor of Comrade Anand, a Central Committee member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) who gave his life for the party and the revolution on May 31 this year.

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In addition, during Martyrs' Week, the second volume of a book titled "Advancing the Revolution with Great Sacrifices" was published. The book contains collected texts on martyrs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

On August 11, eight days after the completion of the Martyrs' Week celebrations, a joint anti-Maoist search operation by police and the Central Police Reserve Unit took place in a forest in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand state, 160 kilometers from the state capital Ranchi. The search operation had to be called off in a hail of bullets from Maoist guerrillas, killing one member of the Central Police Reserve Unit and injuring another.