The following is an open letter from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). The text is available in the original Spanish on the website of the FARC-EP, and is reposted here as translated by Pravda:
Although the Colombian government held the door closed to dialogue with the insurgency, sparked by an illusion of military victory and interference from Washington, we want to reiterate to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) our unyielding desire to seek a political solution to the conflict.
The following article by Conn Hallinan is from Alternet:
August 5, 2010 | If you want to understand what’s behind the recent tension between Colombia and Venezuela, think “smokescreen,” and then go back several months to some sick children in the Department of Meta, just south of Bogota. The children fell ill after drinking from a local stream, a stream contaminated by the bodies of more than 2,000 people, secretly buried by the Colombian military.
The following resolution is from the 6th Congress of Freedom Road Socialist Organization:
The Freedom Road Socialist Organization salutes the heroic struggle of the Colombian people in their fight for national liberation and socialism, and fully supports their struggle for freedom from U.S. imperialism.
CARTAGENA DE INDIES, Colombia — I borrowed the title of this post from Lt. Philip Caputo’s excellent book covering the U.S. Marines’ first six months in Vietnam, not only because I like the title, but I also see some correlation between his story and the story of our troops now being written in the jungles of Colombia.
As in Caputo’s war, death, destruction, and mayhem were preceded by, first, a troop build-up, and then, small skirmishes which were the precursors to all-out war.
US Bases in Colombia: It is a Time for Mobilization, for Marching Together
Written by Fidel Castro Ruz
This reflection is not addressed to the governments, but to the fraternal peoples of Latin America.
Tomorrow, August 28, the UNASUR Summit will convene in Argentina and its significance cannot be overlooked.
There, an analysis should be made of the concession to the American superpower of seven military bases in the Colombian territory. A rigorous secrecy had been imposed on the previous talks of the two governments. The accord should have been presented to the world as a fait accompli.
The following statement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), the largest Marxist-Leninist organization in Colombia, is being reposted here from the website Resistencia Colombia:
Written by: SECRETARIAT OF THE CENTRAL STAFF OF THE FARC-EP
From the Colombian Mountains
“The political circumstances are suitable to improve the Armed Movement and the Bolivarian Movement.” Manuel Marulanda Vélez
The FARC’s soul as a flag waving in the wind is mentioned in this Manuel’s saying. 45 years ago we began the fight to look for peace, justice and dignity for Colombia in the Marquetalia heights which is the people’s resistance mountain. Since then we are the armed response of the poor and the righteous people against various types of state violence.
The Bush Pentagon and State Department are crowing after a raid in which 15 prisoners of war, including three American mercenaries, were freed. What they are not telling you is that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were preparing to unilaterally release the prisoners in early July 2008.
The FARC moved the prisoners of war from three separate jungle camps to one location, planning to transfer them by helicopter and release them to French and Swiss government envoys. It was a simple plan that would have given the FARC a platform to demand freedom for 500 FARC fighters in Colombian prisons. For FARC negotiator Ricardo Palmera and rebel Sonia (Anayibe Rojas Valderrama), held as hostages in U.S. jails, the raid and the refusal of the U.S. and Colombian governments to negotiate is bad news.
During its 44 years of fighting a guerrilla war in the countryside of Colombia, the FARC has unilaterally released prisoners a number of times, including seven months ago. These prisoner releases provide a rare opportunity for the FARC to present their political views and talk about pathways to social justice and peace in Colombia. At the prisoner release ceremonies, the FARC message sharply contrasts with the typical media distortions and censorship about them. In recent times, the U.S. strategy is to criminalize the FARC, to make it impossible for the FARC to negotiate with the Colombian government (or anyone else) and to deny the legitimate struggle of the peasants and workers. Continue reading →
The following is a fact sheet about the U.S. extradition, trials, and imprisonment of Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad) put out by the National Committee To Free Ricardo Palmera in 2008. It is also available in .doc format for printing out and distributing here. For regular and ongoing coverage of the struggle to free Comrade Palmera, check out Fight Back! News.
FREE RICARDO PALMERA!
We demand the U.S. government free Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera, a political leader and negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Professor Palmera has done nothing wrong. To the contrary, he consistently defends the sovereignty of his country, Colombia’s independence, and the rights of the Colombian people.
Ricardo Palmera’s extradition, imprisonment, and trials are part of the U.S. Pentagon’s counter-insurgency war. Palmera is the latest victim of the Bush Administration’s so-called “War on Terror”; an unending war that respects no national boundaries and leads to repression and death around the world.
U.S. WAR IN COLOMBIA – PLAN COLOMBIA
Imposing “Plan Colombia”, the U.S. government is intervening directly in Colombia’s civil war — arming, training, and commanding the Colombian Military and backing the corrupt government of a small wealthy elite. The Pentagon’s Southern Command gives orders to Colombia’s generals. President Bush has doubled U.S. military advisors to 800 and contract mercenaries to 600. The U.S. government’s dirty war in Colombia costs over $5 billion in taxpayers’ money. It goes to the Colombian Military and its death squads who torture and kill trade unionists, students, and peasants. The paramilitary death squads are part and parcel of the Colombian state, serving the interests of U.S. corporations like Occidental Oil, Chiquita Banana, Drummond Coal, and Coca-Cola. Plan Colombia is a plan for poverty, misery and death. It rains down terror upon Colombia’s poor. Continue reading →