On the 19th of August started the Agrarian and Popular National Strike in Colombia and now, almost two weeks afterwards, it continues growing every day, bringing together the multiple struggles of people.
The recent presentation of a bill to reform the law, allowing a referendum to coincide with the normal date of another public electoral process, is not such a clear fact as the national government tries to present it.
A country which he doesn't like, because it doesn't look like the London he dreams of, is on the streets, demanding changes, facing the authorities, calling for different policies
President Santos never misses an opportunity to manipulate. After all, he's a business man from the world of the big media, used to distort and belittle opposing points of view. He didn't scruple to assert before the military High Command, that the commander of the FARC-EP had written an article complaining about the fact he was considered a high-value target. That's his problem. On this side, we never resort to the distortion of what was said by the President, we prefer to interpret his words in their exact meaning.
What is a Peasant Reserve Zone?
For 54 days an enormous mobilization of peasants of the North Western Colombia kept blocked the highways of the important region of Catatumbo, near to the Venezuelan border. Catatumbo, which means "land of the lightning" in the barú native language, is a key territory for geostrategic natural resources like oil, coltan and coal, a coveted land by transnational capital and the scenario for a new chapter of the history of class struggle in Colombia.
"Here we go, here we go" ... was the sly reply of General Sergio Mantilla when reporters asked him how close the army was to Timoleón Jiménez. He repeated like a parrot what the President said, that the war will end soon by hook or by crook. And he used the occasion to warn our delegates in Havana that they are still a highly strategic objective, so they shouldn't even think about leaving the peace process, or Cuba, because they would lose all their guarantees.
The validity of the social struggles in Colombia
Paraphrasing Karl Marx, a spectre is haunting Colombia - the spectre of the FARC-EP. Every civic manifestation, every people's march, every little strike is -according to the government- "infiltrated by the FARC-EP".
FREEDOM FOR SIMÓN TRINIDAD!
Simón Trinidad was born on July 30, 1950. As a young man from a wealthy family and attending the naval academy, he could not accept the violence, exploitation, and oppression he saw in his own country.
Constituent Assembly: A national outcry
What is the discussion about a National Constituent Assembly all about? The FARC-EP, when the discussion about the second point of the Agenda (political participation) started, within their minimum proposals, put forward the idea of countersigning the eventual agreements made in Havana with a National Constituent Assembly, also called Constituent.