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Prisoner of the U.S. empire: Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera

Detroit, MI – Fight Back! interviewed Tom Burke, spokesperson for the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, at the U.S. Social Forum. 

Fight Back!: Tom, can you tell us about Ricardo Palmera and why he is in jail in the U.S.?

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Support the Colombian Revolution!

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.

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Absurd Florida lawsuit against Colombian rebels

The following article by Mick Kelly is from Fight Back! News, the newspaper of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization:

Protesters in Washington D.C. demand freedom for Ricardo Palmera (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Speaking with Fight Back! Dec. 15, a leader of the U.S.-based National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, Tom Burke, slammed a Nov. 12 lawsuit filed in Florida Middle District Court against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Burke stated, “This is nothing more than an attempt by a group of U.S. mercenaries to gain publicity and put some more money in their pockets. The lawsuit fits into a larger agenda – to criminalize the main Colombian rebel group, the FARC, an organization that is fighting for a free, just and independent Colombia.”

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Colombia: Mercenaries freed, FARC carries forward fight for liberation

This is a repost from the old ML blog.

Colombia: Mercenaries freed, FARC carries forward fight for liberation

Free Ricardo Palmera!

Free Ricardo Palmera!

FIGHT BACK! NEWS: Analysis by Tom Burke

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