Public Statement from The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
We hear from the Colombian oligarchy and its generals the official announcement of the death of comrade and commander Alfonso Cano. Their guffaws and enthusiastic toasts still resound. All of the voices of the Establishment agree that this means the end of the guerrilla struggle in Colombia.
The only reality that symbolizes the death in combat of comrade Alfonso Cano, is the immortal strength of the Colombian people, who would rather die than live on their knees begging. The story of the struggles of this people is full of martyrs, women and men who never let their arm be twisted in the pursuit of equality and justice.
This will be neither the first time that the oppressed and exploited in Colombia are mourning one of its greatest leaders, nor the first they replace this mourning with the courage and absolute conviction of victory. Peace in Colombia will not be born from any guerrilla demobilization, but from the abolition of the causes that give rise to the uprising. There is a policy laid out and that is the one that shall continue.
Comrade and Commander Alfonso Cano has died. He has fallen most fervently convinced of the need for a political solution and for peace. Long live the memory of commander Alfonso Cano!
The following article about the death of FARC-EP leader Alfonso Cano is reprinted here from Xinhua:
BOGOTA, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) — The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said Saturday that despite the death of its top leader Alfonso Cano it would continue its guerrilla struggle and not give in to the government’s demand to surrender its weapons.
In a brief statement posted on the website of the New Colombia News Agency, the guerrilla group said that “the only reality that symbolizes the death in combat of comrade Alfonso Cano is the immortal strength of the Colombian people.”
The following is a rough English translation, done by Google Translate, of the original Spanish, “Movimiento Continental Bolivariano: una necesidad política de alcances estratégicos“, a letter sent by Alfonso Cano, Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), the largest Marxist-Leninist organization in Colombia, to the Constituent Congress of the Continental Bolivarian Movement. The Congress took place on December 8th in Caracas, Venezuela. Around 950 people from 26 nations formed the Continental Bolivarian Movement, a regional association to advance the interests of working people and to defend the continent against imperialist aggression.
Continental Bolivarian Movement: a political need for strategic implications
Fellow American and Caribbean attend this historic event, comrades: received the enthusiastic greeting of the Secretariat of the General Staff, the staff corps and the FARC – EP, as well as all members of the Bolivarian Militias .
Establish a continental political movement, the Bolivarian essence, just as the American empire deploys its military force in Colombia and has, threatening, their machines of war and terror against American and Caribbean peoples, is not only a historical necessity, but an urgent duty , marking the horizon of the fighting unity of our peoples to defend their dignity, independence, history, values, culture, territory, human resources, natural wealth and the inalienable sovereign right to shape its future.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Marxism-Leninism, Venezuela
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Manuel Marulanda: In the fight to end oppression, he never missed his mark
By Freedom Road Socialist Organization
We are saddened by the death of Manuel Marulanda, commander in chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). At the same time, we are inspired by the powerful example of his life and work. Marulanda embodied the struggle of the Colombian people for national liberation and socialism. He was both a Colombian patriot and an internationalist – a persistent advocate for a united Latin America free from domination by U.S. imperialism. Marulanda was a Great Liberator, in the tradition of the Simon Bolivar.
Born into a peasant family, Marulanda joined Colombia’s Liberal forces fighting against the Conservatives. He became a guerilla in La Violencia, the civil war following the 1948 assassination of presidential candidate Gaitan, a popular and national democratic leader despised by the U.S. government. . This civil war continues to this day, with the U.S. intervening on the side of the Colombian elites. As Marulanda said, “I did not go looking for war, war came looking for me.”