Money Heist’s Bella Ciao is the anthem of new Maoism across the world

BY VK SHASHIKUMAR

The Italian iconic folk tune – “Bella Ciao” – featured in the popular Netflix series La Casa de Papel aka Money Heist has once again been resuscitated as new 21st Century “resistance” anthem. During World War II, “Bella Ciao” (Goodbye Beautiful) was the song of Freedom for the partisans fighting the fascists. The Labour Day celebrations on May 1st 2020 witnessed several Maoist ‘actions’ across the world with “Bella Ciao” playing in the background.

The above video was posted by a pro-Maoist online publication in Chile, Periódico El Pueblo, as a May 1st tribute with this quote from the charismatic founder of the Chilean workers movement, Luis Emilio Recabarren, who transformed the Socialist Workers Party into the Communist Party of Chile in 1922: “We want to repeat once again to our brethren living in misery that we shouldn’t expect any empathy from from the wealthy classes, who govern us, who oppress and exploit us. Instead we should galvanise from within our ranks a force, from within our own people, a united, organised and educated force which will direct our work in the future.”

The video shows four overground Maoist sympathisers, wearing red face scarfs, taking “action” to restore the monument dedicated to Recabarren in the Almagro Park in Santiago, Chile. They can be seen placing red flags and a clear and direct message: “Retake Recabarren! Down with revisionism!” The song playing in the backdrop of this action is “Bella Ciao”!

The Italian ‘resistance’ folk song, revived by Money Heist has captured the popular imagination of Chilean protesters. Over the past 6 months, Chile has witnessed a tumultuous outpouring of protests against Sebastián Piñera’s right-wing government which has dithered on implementing a countrywide lockdown and refused to announce social protection measures, including rent morataria and freezing of debt and mortgage payments. The government has not even made Covid-19 testing freely available or at a discounted rate.

Riding on the inspiring tunes of “Bella Ciao”, a groundswell of support for Maoism is spreading, strengthened by unempathetic responses of Governments across Latin America and Europe to the troubles faced by working class who feel abandoned by their governments in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2020 will be remembered as a landmark year for many reasons because of the faultlines in society, business and governance induced by the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the faultlines is overwhelming disenchantment in society over the disproportionate impact of the pandemic related lockdowns and loss of jobs.

Unemployment, uncertainty about social security and livelihood and the feeling of disenfranchisement is catalysing a rapid growth of Maoism across the world.

A review of Maoist actions across the world on Labour Day, May 1st, reveals that deep faultlines have become entrenched in society. A new global ideological battle might take centre stage – Extreme Maoism versus Excessive Capitalism – if governments across the world don’t take corrective action to usher in Conscious Capitalism, which focuses on ‘good for all’ purposes beyond profit.

This year 17 Maoist parties and organisations across the world signed the International May Day declaration.

Here’s snap shot of pictures and text released by the Germany based “Internet Platform for the Development of the Revolutionary Movement”

Note: Wherever the text below is under quotes, the source from where the content has been reproduced in toto is cited.

Across the world people in quarantine are sending a strong message to their Governments. “Bella Ciao” has become a song of solidarity and resilience.

And resistance.

This is the English translation of Bella Ciao, sourced from Genius:

One morning I awakened
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
One morning I awakened
And I found the invader

Oh partisan carry me away
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
Oh partisan carry me away
Because I feel death approaching

And if I die as a partisan
(And if I die on the mountain)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
And if I die as a partisan
(And if I die on the mountain)
Then you must bury me

Bury me up in the mountain
(And you have to bury me)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
Bury me up in the mountain
(And you have to bury me)
Under the shade of a beautiful flower

And the people who shall pass
(And all those who shall pass)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
And the people who shall pass
(And all those who shall pass)
Will tell me: “what a beautiful flower”
(And they will say: “what a beautiful flower”)

This is the flower of the partisan

(And this is the flower of the partisan)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful!
Bye! Bye!
This is the flower of the partisan

(And this is the flower of the partisan)
Who died for freedom

The singing of “Bella Ciao” now symbolises a powerful voicing of resistance against an exploitative capitalist system that favours a few and dispossess, alienates, impoverishes significantly large numbers of hardworking working class folks. Money Heist has popularised the concept of “Join The Resistance” and, therefore, it isn’t a surprise that “Bella Ciao” has transformed into an inspirational appeal for a fairer economic system – one that is restorative, regenerative, distributive and cares for the well-being of all citizens and all forms of life on Earth.

(VK Shashikumar is an investigative journalist and a strategist. The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Canary Trap or any employee thereof)

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