By: Gabriel Angel, FARC-EP
Of the 53 years of the FARC-EP, I spent the last thirty in their ranks. I arrived in 1987, a month before Dr. Jaime Pardo Leal, president of the Patriotic Union political movement -to which I joined less than two years before- was killed. I was a lawyer from the city, so the contrast with my previous life was enormous.
A recent study recognized Henderson Island, 5,000 kilometers from Chile, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as one of the most polluted sites on the planet. It accumulates, according to the report, the highest density of human origin rubbish, being plastics 99.8% of the residues found there.
This week that comes to its end leaves a bitter taste in the ranks of the FARC-EP; we are close to celebrating 53 years of our foundation in Marquetalia, and all our members, commanders and base combatants, are sure that this will be the last commemoration in arms of the heroic uprising of Manuel Marulanda Vélez and his men and women in 1964.
Colombian ex-president and current Senator Alvaro Uribe and his political part Centro Democrático [Democratic Center] have opposed the Colombian Peace Process and its Agreement with the FARC-EP since day one. This far right political force has gathered strength to a point in which their potential to reach the presidency in the 2018 elections is high, something that causes concern among those who push for Peace in Colombia.
On April 26, 1937 during the Spanish civil war, the town of Gernika, a republican stronghold that maintained strong resistance against the fascist regime of Francisco Franco, received a severe bombing attack perpetrated by the Spanish nationalist government and its allies: Nazi Germany ruled by Adolf Hitler and Fascist Italy ruled by Benito Mussolini.
I have just learned, with surprise, the tweet of the Senate’s President, Mauricio Lizcano, in which he shares a statement on the announced admission of members of the FARC-EP and ELN to the elliptical hall of the National Congress on occasion of the National Peace Congress.
By: Gabriel Angel, FARC-EP
Several media outlets exclusively disclosed the Theses of Discussion for the founding Congress of the party in which we, the FARC, will transform ourselves into in the month of August.
The Peace Agreement provided for the widest possible amnesty for FARC guerrillas in accordance with Geneva Protocols, which was implemented in detail in law 1820 of last year and with decree 277 of this year, consecrating at the same time the freedom for all our prisoners.
The flash visit of the French head of State, Francois Hollande, to the Cauca region on January 24, opened a bottle of conflicting emotions among inhabitants of this Colombian region.