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Boos, gunfire greet Colombian president's arrival in FARC area



From Toby Muse, for CNN

July 12, 2012 -- Updated 0125 GMT (0925 HKT)







Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has his picture taken with a resident of Toribio on July 11, 2012.







  • There is an explosion before President Juan Manuel Santos arrives
  • "Santos' war hasn't helped anyone here," says a FARC commander
  • "Get out!" villagers yell at Santos in the town square


Toribio, Colombia (CNN) -- Boos from residents and occasional gunfire from rebel forces in nearby mountains greeted the arrival Wednesday of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the southwestern town of Toribio, a rebel zone.


Santos, who arrived at noon, was in town to meet with villagers over their demands that both government soldiers and members of the rebel group Armed Revolutionary Front of Colombia leave the area.


Before Santos' noon arrival, Armed Revolutionary Front of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas fired continuously from mountains surrounding the war-torn town and a heavy explosion jolted the area near the police station.


The explosion occurred 150 meters from where a group of Colombian politicians had gotten out of a helicopter after landing there for a meeting. Witnesses initially said the blast appeared to be a guerrilla attack, but indigenous authorities said the blast may have been an army-controlled explosion of a guerrilla explosive device.


In a display of its muscle, FARC set up a checkpoint of 10 guerillas just outside Toribio and controlled access through the primary route into and out of the town. A FARC commander of the Special Forces of the 6th Front told CNN that "Santos' war hasn't helped anyone here in this zone. He wants to increase the army and the police, which will not bring any benefit to the people or Toribio."


Santos' war hasn't helped anyone here in this zone. He wants to increase the army and the police, which will not bring any benefit to the people or Toribio



FARC commander


The commander said that if the government were to remove its soldiers from the zone, "FARC would have no reason to remain there," but promised the group would remain as long as the military is there.


Santos walked openly through the town square, where he was met by boos and shouts of "Get out! Get out!" From a distance, bursts of sporadic gunfire could be heard.


"It is good that the president will hear these shots around us as then he will see what it is like for us here every day," said Sigifredo Pavo, president of the Nasa Indigenous Authority.


Santos then met privately with representatives of the indigenous group, a move that outraged some villagers despite Santos' promise to meet with them later.


Dissatisfied with both the president and the FARC, hundreds of members of the local Nasa tribal community split into two groups, one of which marched to the FARC checkpoint and the other to a military compound two hours away by foot. Each carried the same message: Get out of Toribio.

Above the military compound, they raised a white flag of peace and their own indigenous flag.

Santos has seen his ratings among Colombians drop in recent weeks because of the widespread perception that the security situation has gotten out of control during his leadership.




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FARC rebels destroy bridge in Colombia southern town


Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) file photo


Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:13AM GMT





Members of Colombia’s rebel group FARC have detonated a bridge in San Vicente del Caguan, cutting off the town from neighboring regions in Caqueta province, officials said.


On Friday, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels blew up the Riecito bridge which connected the town of San Vicente del Caguan, located some 400km south of Bogota, to neighboring Florencia town.


Noone was injured in the explosion.


The explosion took place early morning as people in Colombia were celebrating the 202nd anniversary of their independence from Spain.


The road over the bridge was mainly used by multinational oil company Emerald Energy in order to transfer oil from its oil fields to Florencia.


Founded in 1964, FARC has an estimated 9,200 fighters operating in the mountainous and jungle areas of the country.

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Rise in FARC, ELN attacks hits wallet of Colombia's oil, mining industries



Friday, 10 August 2012 09:56 Olle Ohlsen Pettersson



Colombia said Thursday it would increase protection of the country's oil and mining industries after rebel groups drastically increased the number of attacks on companies and infrastructure over the past year, doing serious damage to the economically vital sectors.


Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon announced the creation of 18 new infantry batallions to protect the country's mining, energy and road infrastructure. "These days there are many more points to protect, many more investments to take care of," said Pinzon, according to a Defense Ministry statement.


While state-owned oil company Ecopetrol told U.S. television network Bloomberg there were "a few incidents" in July, statistics compiled by Colombia Reports showed that rebels have launched 18 attacks aimed at sabotaging the oil, mining and electrical sector since July 1.


"It's true that terrorist actions have gone up in general in the country and they're affecting in some way the normality of companies," the vice president of Cerrejon, Colombia's largest coal exporter, told Reuters Thursday after the multinational was hit by a terrorist attack which damaged its main coal-transporting railway.


Between January and June of this year, FARC and ELN guerrillas launched a total of 67 attacks against the Colombian oil industry, which according to news agency Reuters was a 300% increase over the same period in 2011.


The departments most affected by economic sabotage, by this website's count, were Norte de Santander, Arauca and La Guajira, on the Venezuelan border, and the Putumayo and Nariño departments, which share a border with Ecuador.

The attacks ranged from blowing up oil pipelines and transport infrastructure to kidnapping oil company employees.


In some of the departments, the attacks have severely limited the industry's output; Putumayo authorities said Thursday that only 50% of the department's potential oil production was being realized due to continued rebel attacks against the oil industry. Putumayo had a potential oil production of 38,000 barrels of crude oil per day as of July, which corresponds to 7% of Colombia's total production. The lost income in that department alone comes to approximately $1.8 million a day.


In early July, Emerald Energy, a UK-based subsidiary of the Chinese-owned conglomerate SinochemGroup, reported a complete shutdown in oil production in the southern Caqueta department due to FARC attacks and threats against the company's oil installations.


Colombia's oil production reached an average of 934,000 barrels of crude oil a day in June 2012, 0.5% less than the 939,000 barrels a day produced in the same month of 2011. The government attributed the decrease to rebel attacks against the oil industry.


The ongoing attacks forced Colombia to abandon its goal to produce 1 million barrels of oil per day this year and 1.35 million by 2013.


Andres Muñoz, the head currency trader at Corp. Financiera Colombiana, told Bloomberg that rebel attacks against the oil industry would lead to less dollar inflows, thereby contributing to curbing the strength of the Colombian peso.



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It's a pity we haven't got boys like that over here!! All this talk of "We could have gotten the Queen if we wanted" yet the militarists refuse to address the more pressing issues that face the anti-imperialist struggle in Ireland!! Are we doomed to failure??!!

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Is anyone here familiar with the main differences between the FARC-EP and the ELN?


I'm sure there is a better explanation than the one given by the BBC


The Farc is Colombia's oldest and largest left-wing rebel group. It was once thought to have some 16,000 fighters, but reports suggest it now has about 9,000. The group is rurally-based and finances itself through drug trafficking.


The ELN was formed in 1965 by intellectuals inspired by the Cuban revolution and liberation theology. It is regarded as being more ideological than the Farc and has succeeded in recruiting in urban areas. It is thought to have some 1,500 fighters.


It does seem however that the ELN was formed by radical priests - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Liberation_Army_(Colombia)

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Statement from FARC-EP about recent developments in peace process.


Obviously given the Irish experience I would be suspicious of this, I wouldn't have thought that the FARC were strong enough to negotiate, and I fear this could be the beginning of the end.


They talk about reconciliation. How you can reconcile with a captialist state? Signals from the bourgeois order would appear to be consistent with this, as Santos (Colombian president) has said that he is not going to make the same "mistakes" as before, that he would not cede territory to the FARC and that he would only engage in a peace process that was going to end the conflict once and for all. Of course, that's what all peace processes are supposed to do, but capitalists never mean true end to conflict, only an end to resistance to their class war.

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Much better line from the ELN (in my opinion)




(sorry for the link only, i'm relying on google translate and can't cut and paste easily as clipboard copies both languages and makes it hard to read).

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Important enough to wade through the cutting and pasting



Is peace positive announcement by the President, after his recent and repeated proclamations calling the war.


The urgency of peace has been claimed by large majorities in all the time of this fratricidal conflict, through all its forms of struggle, so for those who are on the side of the majority, the President's announcement is positive and all expressions of support for peace in Colombia from all corners of the country and the international community, when some are more theoretical expressions and others, the most important, actions of governments and peoples that wise and fearless attitude, assume responsibility to work for the peace of all desires and all Colombians.


By ELN, we are committed and made serious efforts for peace, for over 20 years, including the signing of an agreement agenda that President Pastrana reversed under pressure from paramilitaries, backed since, by today stand his voice against any agreement for peace in Colombia.


The failures in the peace process, not daunted us, to the point that even in the Uribe government, knowing their purposes retardant warmongers and their positions, a panel was established that government abruptly closed and irresponsible.


So reaffirm that not only now but for over two decades, we have made efforts to a serious process, responsible and inclusive society and have endorsed this position repeatedly.


However, we express again, we seek a peace that is elusive because the generic PEACE, not for all the same connotations, content and essence.


For the poor of Colombia, peace is social justice and equity, real democracy, sovereignty and very particular but deep, the effective remedy by the ravages of this fratricidal social and armed conflict, which has destroyed and generated profound malformations in society, missing parameters allowing coexistence, tolerance, recognition of difference and diversity, within ethical principles.


For the class in power, peace is different, she sees peace that majorities claim as a state of affairs where not affect their economic and political interests, their power, their aspirations and their personal future capitalists, conceived within the system capitalist.


Achieving reconcile these two conflicting conceptions, the ruling class requires to make concessions, great effort and sacrifice, but it is the art and the way to build a stable and lasting peace. So the big question, does the ruling class's available down the path to peace of profound social and political?


For the poor of Colombia and revolutionaries, peace is the restoration of rights always denied, while the rich, peace makes many demands because it involves recognizing the rights of all and take on this challenge in the political, economic and social.


Aware of these pitfalls, we reiterate and make the call to commit ourselves to genuine peace, challenging the difficulties and working so that among all segments of society and the strong support of the international community, the process can be shielded against Jams by disagreements, such as the attacks of his enemies.


We have argued that the key to peace is in the hands of the people and the nation, the President was the one who was to open the space for dialogue with the insurgency as the first step, because a real peace process is much more complex because it must interpret all political and social expressions that can not be achieved only in a table government insurgency.


It is therefore essential that now, all social organizations and, in its most varied composition, are part of the peace process because, as several of them have expressed, in this regard no one will replace and only with their active, be possible to make peace a real process, stable, lasting and deep, exceeding the causes that fuel conflict and that fill the dreams and aspirations that we all deserve Colombia because it has passed the long night of more half a century of social and armed conflict, who is now our country in the deepest crisis in its history and that war is the way to destruction.


Understood peace within the context set out above, Colombia and the international community can count on the ELN for important challenge and aspiration

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Raúl Zibechi: The Peace of Extractivism

by Chiapas Support Committee



The Peace of Extractivism In Colombia

By: Raúl Zibechi


The struggle between the guerrilla and the State was a true war of classes in Colombia. The young campesino liberal Pedro Marín became Manuel Marulanda when the violence, started by the assassination of the head of the Liberal Party Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, April 9, 1948, forced him to flee into the woods to save his life. The Bogotazo, the popular urban uprising in response to the crime, was the epicenter of a war between conservatives and liberals that in 10 years reaped the life of 200, 000 Colombians.

Poor campesinos were not included in the National Front that in 1958 sealed the peace between the conservative power and the liberal “doctors” of the cities, because the war was made to steal their land and disorganizing them as a class. In order to survive they became guerrillas, created self-defense and, with time and disillusion, became communists. In 1966, the FARC was born from those confluences, opening a new stage in campesino struggles.


Military offensives failed and facing the territorial expansion of the armed organizations, two moments for negotiations were opened. Under the presidency of Belisario Betancur (1982-1986) there was a truce within the framework from which the Patriotic Union was formed, in 1985, in which the Communist Party was included. The new force obtained five senators, 14 deputies and 23 mayors, but in the following years was practically exterminated by paramilitaries, soldiers and drug traffickers. Thirteen deputies and 70 council members, 11 mayors and several thousand were murdered. During the government of Andrés Pastrana (1998-2002) a “zone for detente” was created at the Caguán River, which encompassed four municipalities and 42, 000 square kilometers. At the same time, in 1999 the government signed Plan Colombia with the United States, which subordinated Pastrana’s policy to it and inclined it to renew the war.


On this occasion, everything indicates that the general agreement for ending the conflict and the construction of a stable and lasting peace between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC, with the explicit possibility of “the abandonment of arms,” can put an end to the war. It is possible the other armed group, the ELN, will be incorporated into the negotiations.

The new relation of forces in Colombia, the region and the world make possible that an end to the 60-year war is coming.

The first is that Colombian society has changed profoundly in this half century. We’re dealing with a majority urban population, whose principal demand is not land, but housing, which desires the end of the conflict and participates in social movements that are impacting the principal cities, where the conservatives and liberals no longer govern. The second is that the dominant classes, whose best expression in these times is President Santos, accumulate now around the extractive model (hydrocarbons, mining and mono-crops), no longer by means of plundering of the campesino. The map of extractivism is one of armed conflict. Dedicating a part of the gigantic war budget to infrastructure works is urgent for lubricating the flow of commodities and to continue attracting investments.


The end of the conflict makes another war visible: the multi-nationals against the peoples. The Constitution of 1991 recognizes the ancestral territories of indigenous and Afro-descendents under the name “shields.” More than 600 indigenous shields have been created that occupy one third of the Colombian territory and are the zones of expansion of extractivism. The third question is the change in the relation of forces. The Colombian Armed Forces have been strengthened and have an elevated capacity for combat. The FARC have been weakened, they cannot win on the military terrain and they lost legitimacy. The economic, cultural and social changes moved the axis of the social conflict to the cities. In rural areas the FARC fell out with the indigenous, which are the principal force that resists the extractive model. The fourth are the new geopolitical winds. The South American countries do not want conflicts. Venezuela is more preoccupied by managing its economy. Brazil tends bridges to Colombian entrepreneurs and Brasilia seeks to consolidate the presence of Bogotá in the Unasur. The Mercosur countries, which can be expanded with Bolivia and Ecuador, gamble on winning the economic competition with those that belong to the Pacific Alliance (Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia).


The United States is repositioning its Armed Forces in the Pacific to contain China and does not seem in a position of opening new war scenarios in other parts of the world. It is possible that the Pacific Alliance, situated in the bilateral FTAs, begins to have a more active role in US diplomacy than Plan Colombia, without supplanting it as a “final solution” to its hegemonic decline. It will depend on who occupies the White House in January.


Finally, it must be understood that the principal enemy of Santos is not Hugo Chávez or the FARC, but rather Álvaro Uribe. As well as the soldiers that interceded in boycotting the previous peace processes, Uribe needs the war to stay afloat. Santos has, as Alfredo Molano points out in an excellent article titled Be Quiet! (El Espectador, 1º de setiembre de 2012), a demolishing argument: sending him on a DEA plane to the United States.


For the movements, the end of the war is not peace, but the continuation of the struggle in a more favorable scenario. In full conflict, confronting repression and death, they were capable of carrying out big mobilizations, like the Social and Communitarian Minga of 2008, impelled by the Nasa communities of Cauca, and of getting the Congress of the Peoples underway, where multiple collectives came together. Now they are prepared to continue, “walking the word,” defending their territories from the multi-nationals. The “peace of extractivism” approaches and with it comes a new cycle of struggles of those from below.

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Terrible article above, reminds me of the Adamsite logic. Its from La Jornada, a left-liberal newspaper in Mexico.


The war between the extractivism and the people is already clear to see. If we can see it from ireland, how is he missing it from just down the road in Mexico! If the author believes that Constitutional protection for indigenous land will provide any shelter, just look at India which has similar Constitutional protection! Just look on his own doorstep at how the Mexican Constitution has protected indigenous lands!!! All this "peace process" will achieve is the disarming of the rebels, freeing the way for the unadulterated rape of Colombia's resources. How the people will fare better, how the author can consider this as a more favourable scenario for the armed movements is beyond me. Disarm the state and then we can start to consider a more favourable scenario for such movements (i haven't found a copy of the agreement yet, but i doubt it talks about disarming the state).


There does appear to be a shift of focus from rural guerrilla action to urban social movements, if the author is to be believed. But unless the rural guerrilla remains defiant, all that this will represent will be the herding of Colombia's poor and indigenous people from their land into the cities, clearing the way for more extraction. The end of People's War will not make the extractivism more visible, it will brush it under the carpet as the urbanised poor fight for the scraps that the mining and oil companies allow them to have.


Yes, struggle will surely arise in the cities, but it should never be at the expense of abandonning the fight for Colombia's land and resources. The more I read, the more I fear that FARC are on a disasterous path. Ironically it could be the election of Uribe that could save FARC from disarming and leading the remaining Colombian campesinos to certain slaughter.

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Joint FARC ELN Statement




eln_escudo.jpgThe National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, People's Army (FARC-EP), inspired by the deepest feelings of brotherhood, solidarity and camaraderie, with optimism and high combat morale, narrowed into a strong hope embrace revolutionary change, have met to discuss national and international political situation, problems of war and peace in Colombia and advance the process of unity that since 2009 we have been forging step by step, with the purpose of converging ideas and actions to deal with the people of the oligarchy and imperialism as elements that impose exploitation and misery in our country.


Our unyielding determination, we continue the search for peace in Colombia and the continent mean the establishment of true democracy, popular sovereignty, social justice and freedom.


We conducted this meeting, at a time when it develops the deepest crisis of the world capitalist system, characterized by a riotous race wars of invasion, plunder and exploitation of the resources of nature, precarious working conditions, condemning the hunger and death to millions of human beings on a planet driven by the greed of imperialism, into chaos and destruction.


In our country the calamities generated by this inhuman system over-exploitation and exclusion of pobrerías, has climbed deepened inequality and class confrontation in dimenciones never seen before, which derive directly from the application sostendia and unbridled neoliberal policy favoring large financial groups and transnational corporations at the expense delas national majorities.


Within the international panorama of systemic crisis of capital, their faces showing multiple financial meltdown, economic, environmental, urban, energy, military, political, institutional, moral and cultural, Colombia is configured as a country and financialized reprimarizada economy.


In this condition have led those in power, to allow looting outrageous meaning extraction, stealing their natural resources and financial speculation. Millions of our compatriots have been in misery and war, imposed by elites to quell the discontent of the masses against this iniquity.


The government of Juan Manuel Santos was established to ensure continuity plans by dispossession dispossession on imperialism imposes Colombian people. A new spatiality of capital accompanied by legal and militarists provisions inmersasas security and defense in the old National Security Doctrine and state terrorism in our country is strengthened to shield the "rights" of the capital, the welfare of the rich expense of workers and the most humble people. Within this perspective defines the new phase of dispossession of lands now masquerades under the false name of restitution. In practice, the millions of displaced persons and victims of violent dispossession sucecivas steps recommended by the State, are now joined new legions of peasants, indigenous people, and ordinary people in general, which they pluck or denied and land through misleading procedimeintos of legality, further thickening poverty figures and destitution that put Colombia in the range of the third most unequal country in the world.


Is this cruel sense investor security and prosperity that spreads President Juan Manuel Santos, while still imprisoning, killing and repressing opponents.


Faced with this reality can not be another way for revolutionary unity and struggle, mass action in the streets, the popular uprising in the countryside and cities, challenging the criminalization of protest and demanding the government real facts Peace can not be anything other than facts to solve social and political problems faced by majority on behalf of the state terrorism of the ruling caste whose warlike tendencies have led the destinies of the country during the last decade.


Not with demagoguery and threats of repression and war that will end the conflict. No more buying of military equipment or handing over the country to the Pentagon to reach peace, not warmongering plans and scorched earth, as the "Plan Patriota" or "Sword of Honor" as the reconciliation achieved Colombians. Much less giving ultimatums to the insurgency from the idea that peace vain would be the product of a military victory chimeric regime to its knees leading the insurgency, surrendered and demobilized, before that eyesore called legal framework for peace.


Our desire for peace lies in the conviction that the fate of Colombia can not depend on the interests of the oligarchy ruines. The political and social participation and full decision of the people are a necessity and a requirement inevitable. Thus the unity and mobilization of the people in favor of structural changes, based on justice, peace building, are the real key to his conquest.


With firm steps of unity in thought and action, fraternally,





Mountains of Colombia, September 2012

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Another excellent statement from the ELN




The peace we want Colombians


The peace we want, is social justice, where everyone has access to food, to health, to education, ie the basic human needs including also to live in society and as such to decide on the future of the country with true democracy and the right of resistance, opposition. This country has not allowed the opposition. The property has exterminated the opposition. Only allow those who do not govern atranquen its operating model, in contrast eliminate it, it disappears.


In most wars, the disputing parties have sat down to talk when the conflict is such that it is necessary to establish agreements between enemies. Colombia, which at the beginning of the twentieth century had to his credit a conservative revolution, 9 civil wars of national and 14 local, two wars with Ecuador, three military coups and 11 constitutions. Clashes between Liberals and Conservatives were bloody, each had his armed group. Already in the twentieth century were alternated in power, but violence returned when the political confrontation led to the assassination of liberal leader Gaitan.


The country hopes to give you certainties designing a peace process, understood as a social project as national project. Neither the company expects to be stone uninvited, in this sense it plays the ELN for peace, a nation with a sense of peace that includes us all.


Meet the expectations of a more stable peace process requires we propitiate a favorable environment for the country, but not only favorable for some sectors of society, but for the majority and especially for those who bear the greatest sorrows. A basic agreement should take into account the participation of society in the process, political action, generating an environment for national peace and participation of the international community.


As society participation in this process, we reiterate that it is our will to create conditions conducive to peace building with the participation of the people, this requires a design that aims for inclusive national participation and upward, which articulate regional processes. The society participation is essential in a peace strategy, otherwise you burn gunpowder in buzzards. Emphasis should be placed on solving the plight of four million displaced, and amnesty for political prisoners and social. The people most affected by the armed conflict, such as the Colombian indigenous movement, the peasant population of African descent and the country, the dispossessed, women, youth, who must be present in any dialogue and consultation.


This process, if it be true, should lead the guarantees that all social and political actors and become able to participate without fear of threats to their lives.

From the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC-EP and there will have an agenda that can be home base.


The Colombian conflict much complexity burden for their deep historical roots, for the political, economic and social that generate it, for the diversity of components and especially the phenomenon of corruption in the ruling class and the integrated drug Finally the state's counterinsurgency strategy since the eighties of the previous century, in the form of narco-paramilitary. The structure of the state terrorist and narco-paramilitary are two pillars of oligarchic power that are in full force and is not by any actual decision to dismantle this structure regime of death against political and social opposition and stop the dirty war.

The ELN is determined to contribute in overcoming the conflict but it is not easy, not a political issue, it is about creating real conditions and win the majority of the nation to overcome the problems and open the way that leads to peace stable and durable building a process that addresses the changes that the country needs.


The ELN considers it possible political solution to the conflict based on a broad national consensus, a state policy favorable to peace and society participation in this process. It is from this perspective that we conceive the dialogues. While the government does not exist for social and armed conflict and terrorist groups but peace equals peace, disarmament and demobilization of the guerrillas to keep the country well, hopefully change. For the ELN peace involves starting a process to address the changes that lead to overcome the root causes that fuel conflict and current internal.


The ELN is available as a contribution to the environment of peace, a cease-fire and hostilities with verification by a certain time, and bilateral experimental. The pact is to be dismantled and devices operatives offensive, attacking one another and everyone keeps defensiveness. Carried facing the country and ensure the broadest possible participation. No surrender, we do not have to surrender their weapons to anyone, because no one has given them.


But at the same time requires the government to also make contributions to create peaceful environment with actual measurements from displacement, persecution measures to neutralize political opponents and social leaders, relief measures that lead to the problem of enforced disappearance. The State must stop the killings, disappearances, displacements, bombings, terror in the rural population and damage to their property and belongings. Our population can not withstand more military operations in their territories, and the barbarity of intolerance and impunity. Respect for human rights is always essential vehicle to reach peace.


Already have experimented with movements that have been demobilized, but there is no solution to the social and armed conflict, then the problem is not the supply of arms. Crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated and continue with impunity, at least with respect to senior military or political, economic and even social that determined and allowed. Paramilitary structures and their performance, have been overcome expressions full extent so far, what has background and attentive attack against the possibilities of any peace process.


And as you move the trials of the generals of the paramilitary, the Santos government, stubbornly continues to provide members of the Armed Forces and the Police of a new instrument to strengthen the impunity of certain military operations. The proposed reform of the so-called military courts, filed on March 16, 2012 was approved at the fourth debate in the Senate on June 6 of that year. On June 13 approved the settlement in the House of Representatives. The initiative, which goes beyond the concept of military justice, detract four debates.


Interested government because it believes the insurgency as an obstacle to attracting foreign capital for exploitation; wants fame redirecting paramilitary and mafia in the state, and without conflict territories need for macro mining and energy projects, running water and biodiversity.


We reaffirm our commitment to peace and propose a mechanism grassroots camp to discuss on the country wants peace. Who does not like to live in peace?, Environmental mining issues should be included in the agenda, women, children, land, prison conditions, budget for victims of armed conflict, transitional justice, truth commission and the necessary legitimacy. That discuss ways to fight all the revolutionaries and the establishment of the elite. A national discussion which clearly establish what happened, because there are thousands of dead, the tens of thousands of murders, imprisonments, exiles and displaced as a result of the criminalization of action and political struggle, no charge, no genocide that has not stopped and the machine must be stopped and that he does know the truth about this, you look in terms of what works and justice is agreed for there to be a definitive step toward peace. That can not be a discussion only of a table.


We affirm to the world that we believe in the collective construction of a political solution to the social and armed conflict, while the Colombian government is really committed to it. This dialog offers the simultaneous develop severe blows to the insurgency, while unilateral will make public demands. The genocidal nature of the Colombian regime, supported by their various governments, whose levels of corruption, mafia essence, terrorist and delivery imperialism has no limit, this scheme does not allow an active political participation of the popular movement as mentioned, much less from the guerrilla movement.


Our thinking, our way of looking at life, the future, the social system that we give, the strength in our ideals and objectives, drawn from our emergence and demonstrate on the theoretical and practical we have been, are and will always side the people and the nation to integrate all the popular struggle, a Government of Nation, Peace and Equity, replacing the current one.


Building a political solution to the internal conflict, is now a great opportunity to be a collective work, which goes beyond the traditional scheme, if a dialogue between two parties. Do not ask anything to us, that is not a business that gives me and I give him, no, it dialogues, agreements, political solution. For example, the release of all political prisoners who are in unions, community, union, opposition parties, which has arrested on charges of rebellion or political dissidents. We want relief for society, not for the ELN.


After peace is not a business, is to build a peaceful society without inequality. So our proposal for a new society with justice, peace and equity.





National Liberation Army - ELN


Address Central War Front - FGC

Mountains of Eastern Antioquia,

the Coffee and Tolima

October 2012

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And another one from ELN on democracy - you have to wonder what a group with an analysis like this and the oligarchy have to talk about, other than the negotiated surrender of capitalism. Hopefully the FARC are influenced by this analysis, as without it, they will only be able to negotiate surrender of the revolution.




Kidnapped Real Democracy


Real democracy recognizes that national sovereignty rests with the people and that he chooses and adopts the political system of the state.

Colombia constitutionally defined as a Republic and a democratic political system, where national sovereignty rests with the people. But the reality is different, what exists is a caricature of democracy, electoral reduced exercise.


The "democracy" that claimed the oligarchy and the political class that represents it, is tricky.


The people in whom resides the sovereignty of the nation, has been marginalized and excluded from decisions, and real democracy hijacked by a minority stateless, servant of transnational and geopolitical interests of imperialism.


Citizens who supposedly choose their representatives do in a corrupt electoral system and cheater, who chooses where is the machinery that has money to mount parallel electoral offices, trade, buy and tinker vote, make the dead vote and pay guns of the narco-paramilitary force to vote for the candidate who orders the "pattern".

The latter recognized by narco decisively involved in the election results. These days the extradited Salvador Mancuso, funded and acknowledged the votes to elect the former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez and more than a third of the Congress.


This kind of politics is based on cheating and deception. Governments and legislators who say make decisions on behalf and purportedly on behalf of the people, they do it for the benefit of those interests that have historically prevented, by all means, including violence, the country pay the social debt and resolve dammed major problems that have no future suffocate and the great majority of the nation.


The political system and way of doing politics in Colombia is a shame, which is valid resort to illegal means in order to get a view, which is able to accumulate and concentrate wealth.


The economic model imposed to Colombians is designed to focus on a few families over 70 percent of national income, national majority condemning to poverty and misery.

Agrarian Reform hinder less than 0.4 percent of owners, owners of 62 percent of the arable land.


The rights of workers who had been conquered during painful and bloody struggles over half a century, were taken by successive labor reforms and the systematic murder of over three thousand union leaders.


The reform of the education prevent privatization interests that oppose free education, and scientific quality. The same happens with health care reform.

The natural wealth of the nation to be used to finance the country's development and the common good, is delivered to the transnationals that plunder and take the produce to their countries. So is strategic enterprises and productive state, sold at a lower price to multinationals.


This stateless oligarchy delivery natural resources and also the country to American imperialism, to install military bases that occupy our country and are a serious threat to democratic governments and popular on the Continent.


The political, economic and social situation in Colombia, the militarization of the country and the dirty war against political opposition, freedom and constrict death hurt real democracy.


There are the root causes of social and armed resistance, violence of all kinds, the work "unworthy" and unemployment, levels of poverty and social marginalization, of indignity and delivery of national sovereignty, and the state ethics and moral degradation that is the nation.


The causes of the evils and misfortunes historical lies and are in the political system and way of doing politics, that real democracy has been hijacked and national sovereignty has been usurped by the small elite in power, which displaced the people.


For a political solution to the social and armed conflict is real, lasting stable, has to break the Jams preventing major problems are resolved in the country and pay the social debt. While not follow this path, peace will remain a chimera and future generations condemned to live in war.


The ELN invites the Colombian people that we add efforts to understand reality and realize that peace is in the hands of the people, in whom rests the sovereignty of the nation, and not those who are atranque for peace, because the continuity of war provides greater benefits.

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I don't completely discount the possibility that a peace process can be used by revolutionaries to consolidate their position, but somehow I doubt that this is what is happening here. The Colombian government have already indicated that they are going to use this peace process to end the conflict, which of course in their perverted logic means only an end to resistance to the war that is capitalism.


If the ELN stick to the above rhetoric, they won't last long in such a process. If there are genuine reforms that make conditions better for revolutionaries, that allow genuine growth of revolutionary ideas amongst the working class, then yes something good could come to it. But the Colombian State is unlikely to agree publically to the above analysis, an anlysis that says that the State personifies violence.


What appears to be absent here is a dynamic that would force the Colombian State into fundamental change. Cosmetic reforms are more likely to undermine the revolution, bring more people into the capitalist system, and feed off the understandable war weariness. In such circumstances, without deep and meaningful change, peace processes are disasterous for revolutions.


You have to wonder what damage was done to the FARC with that visit by those three Irishmen who after all did say they were there to discuss the peace process. I hope the Colombians haven't caught the Adamsite version of smallpox, such European infections have wiped out many peoples in that region before.

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Somehow, I really doubt if those three were there to discuss FARC surrender.


Who knows? They could have been provided with blankets ridden with surrenderpox without their knowledge :lol:


I think you're probably right about the purpose of their visit, but the danger is that some sort of respect was won and dialogue or influence was established and continues. Just look at the Basques and Kurds, they look at the provisional movement for direction. Adams and his crowd did not just damage Ireland.

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