The following editorial is from ernestoaguilar.org
In August, Juan Manuel Santos ascended to Colombia’s presidency. His election is not unusual for Colombia, which has been under U.S. influence for many years. Previous president Alvaro Uribe stood against the South American popular upsurge, led by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, but which runs strong throughout the rest of the continent. This clash was in spite of Chavez’s many overtures to help previous Colombian leaders bring the armed opposition factions to the negotiating table. Egged on by the Bush Administration, Uribe opted for force over diplomacy. With such proving to be a largely failed strategy, and U.S. as well as Colombian resources for fighting a civil war drying up, where the nation goes from here is anyone’s guess.
National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera activist Josh Sykes sent out a message yesterday to members of the anti-censorship group on facebook stating that a new official facebook page had been created for the NCFRP:
Check out the new, official National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera facebook page!
Get it while it lasts!
Become a fan, get updates on the campaign, oppose U.S. intervention in Colombia, stand up for justice, and oppose facebook censorship!
This is part of an ongoing struggle for Colombia solidarity activists to use the popular social networking site as a tool to organize, despite ongoing attacks and censorship from facebook.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged Angela Denio, censorship, Colombia, Facebook, FARC-EP, Josh Sykes, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, political prisoners, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Tom Burke
The following statement is from the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera:
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera is calling on supporters to send birthday cards to Ricardo Palmera, a Colombian revolutionary and prisoner of the U.S. Empire. July 30th, 2010, marks Professor Palmera’s 60th birthday, which he will celebrate alone in a Colorado Supermax prison.
The following message was sent out by Josh Sykes to all of the members of the facebook group “Facebook: reinstate the accounts of Josh Sykes, Angela Denio, and Tom Burke“. For background, see the article Progress against facebook censorship of Ricardo Palmera group: the struggle continues.
We’ve come a long way. We’ve succeeded, by calling, emailing, inviting friends to this group, and otherwise putting pressure on Facebook, in winning the reinstatement of the accounts of Angela Denio and I. But we haven’t crossed the finish line yet. We still have to get Facebook to reverse its censorship of the Free Ricardo Palmera group.
Additionally, there is an important development regarding the account of National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera spokesperson, Tom Burke.
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
A partial victory was won today, July 12, in the struggle against facebook’s attempted censorship of the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (NCFRP), with the reinstatement of the account of National Committee activist Josh Sykes, followed a few hours later by the reactivation of the account of Angela Denio. After the “Free Ricardo Palmera” facebook group, with more than 700 members from around the world, was shut down by facebook on June 30, the National Committee began a fight to recover this valuable resource. In response, on July 7, facebook disabled the accounts of the three administrators of the group, National Committee activists Josh Sykes, Angela Denio and Tom Burke.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged Angela Denio, censorship, Facebook, FARC-EP, Fight Back!, Josh Sykes, Mark Zuckerberg, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Simon Trinidad, Tom Burke
The following was sent out as a message to all of the members of the facebook group, “Facebook, reinstate the profiles of Josh Sykes, Angela Denio, and Tom Burke.” For background, see this video. At this time of this repost on The Marxist-Leninist the accounts of Josh Sykes and Angela Denio have both been reactivated:
A Partial Victory – The Struggle Continues!
I’m writing to you all to thank you for your support, to tell you some good news, and to say that we are not finished yet.