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Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist): Alfonso Cano Falls in Combat, but the Struggle Continues


The Secretariat of the Central Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – Popular Army (FARC-EP), in a statement on the last day on November 5, recognizes the death of its Commanding General, comrade Alfonso Cano.

The statement highlights the history of the FARC as a source of integrity resulting Fighter Commander Cano, story begets fortitude to take the fall in combat of his head. The staff, highlights the purpose to persist in the guerrilla struggle and popular, convinced of their victory. The statement is an unequivocal rejection of the voices that give wind up the fight of his organization and all the guerrilla movement, confronting those who want to get more graves sowing peace in our land, guided by its own militarism and warmongering of state terrorism.

In fact, we call guerrilla demobilization start failed because of certain commitments and realities of structural transformation that requires the vast majority popular in Colombia. Any political solution must take this view or is it doomed to failure.

We bow our flags before the tomb fellow commander Alfonso Cano recognition of his persistent struggle against imperialism and the oligarchy and in token of sympathy with the militants of the FARC.

In these moments of grief, a tribute to Captain Pipe, the Commander Manuel Marulanda, Raúl Reyes and Iván Ríos Mono Jojoy, as well as all the workers and popular fighters fallen in combat, you keep fighting for unity of action and popular insurgency move forcefully to the national and social liberation.

Our combative and red flags on the grave of Comrade Cano!

Death to imperialism and the oligarchy!

Fighting together, we win!

People’s Liberation Army

National Command

The Colombian Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)

Central Committee

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PCMLE: “The real emancipation of the peoples is the revolution and socialism”

From En Marcha, #1545
Organ of the Central Committee of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador
August 19 to 25, 2011

As part of the work that the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations is carrying out, last July a meeting of the Latin American parties took place. At the meeting were the Revolutionary Communist Party of Brazil, the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Labor of the Dominican Republic, the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador, the Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist) and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela.

After evaluating the work that these parties are carrying out in each of the countries and discussing the most important events that are taking place in the region and the world, the meeting approved a Political Declaration that we reproduce below.

U.S. imperialism and its European allies: France, England, Spain, Italy, are trying to manipulate the just struggle of the Arab peoples, to channel the indignation of the working masses and the youth towards a change of names, maintaining the economic and social structures and the weight of dependency.

After reviewing the latest events in our countries, in Latin America and the world we declare:

1. The stories told by imperialism claiming that there is a recovery from the crisis are falling apart every day, with the increasing numbers of unemployed, the decrease in production, the worsening of the fiscal deficits and the increase in the foreign debt in most of the countries of Europe, in Japan and the U.S.A., which seriously affect the supposed stability of the capitalist system and sharpening its inherent contradictions. This prolonged crisis that is affecting all the countries of the world shows not only the failure of the recovery policies implemented by imperialism, but also the decay of the system, which is mortally wounded and incapable of guaranteeing the well-being and freedom for which humanity is struggling.

2. The struggle of the working class, the working people, the youth and the peoples is spreading all over the world. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Yemen and other countries of North Africa and Asia Minor are an example of the struggle against the reactionary dictatorships and governments, who with the applause of the bourgeoisies and the imperialist powers have sunk these peoples into the deepest crisis, hunger and the cruelest misery, despite the immense wealth generated by the exploitation of oil, gas and other natural resources. In addition, with the complicity of the UN they resort to military intervention, to the bombing of the civilian population in Libya, using the pretext of the fight against tyranny, all with the aim of guaranteeing the established order and the continuity of all its profits that are the product of colonization and exploitation of these peoples. We completely reject the foreign intervention in Libya. It is up to the Libyan people themselves to resolve the problems of their country. No more military aggression and intervention in Afghanistan and Palestine! We Communists raise the banner of self-determination, sovereignty, well-being and freedom!

3. Active and valiant opposition to imperialism and the reactionary governments is also alive in Europe. In Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Ireland, France, England and other countries of Europe there has been a general rejection of the reduction in wages, the pension reforms, the increase in taxes, privatizations and the reduction of the budgets for health care, education, housing and in general of all the legislative programs by which the crisis is being placed on the shoulders of the working masses. Numerous strikes and mobilizations are showing an important revival of the working class and youth that is again speaking out for unity and the political initiative to confront the recovery policies and to reject the reactionary governments. The great mobilizations of youths that are taking place in Spain and other European countries deserve particular mention, which show the exhaustion of bourgeois democracy and the search for roads to social liberation.

4. In Latin America the struggle continues, it is showing a greater advance and development. The structural adjustment policies implemented by most of the governments in the last years have not achieved their expected objectives, much less do they represent measures aimed at the well-being of the masses. The different struggles that are developing in our countries calling for higher wages, labor stability, respect for the right to association, negotiation, collective contracts and strikes, the rejection of outsourcing, the demands for health care and education, greater rights and liberties are arousing the ever greater participation of numerous organizations on the continent that do not kneel before the measures of the bourgeois governments and that struggle for political freedom for the people. The student youth in Chile together with the working masses and the Mapuche people are carrying out large mobilizations in defense of freedom, public education and democracy. The desire for change is breaking through in our various countries, large contingents of the masses are participating in the political struggle and are taking up the banner of working for the victory of democratic and progressive governments that really promote the defense of sovereignty, respect of human rights, well-being and political freedom. The democratic and anti-imperialist tendency in Latin America is an unquestionable fact that is opening the way, is growing and offering numerous possibilities for the advance of the revolution.

5. The rise through elections of several democratic and progressive governments in Latin America constitute important steps in that direction. Nevertheless today, the existence and continuity of these governments is threatened by the rightist offensive of imperialism and the local bourgeoisies that have not given up the privileges that they have enjoyed in our countries for centuries. The offensive of imperialism and the oligarchies has reversed the direction of several of those governments, which have been transformed into open defenders of the capitalist system, of foreign domination; into a form of the old ways of governing, into those who carry out repression against the working masses and the youth, into prettifiers of representative democracy and promoters of developmentalist and reformist measures. In fact, these governments and history show that real change, the social revolution and national liberation cannot be carried through to the end under the leadership of bourgeois and petty bourgeois classes and parties. That responsibility belongs to the working class, the working masses, the peoples and the youth, to the revolutionary party of the proletariat, to the genuinely revolutionary organizations and parties.

6. Imperialism, its allies and servants, the local bourgeoisies in all the countries are persisting in their reactionary policies of repressing the struggle of the working masses, of the indigenous peoples and the youth by fire and sword, at the time that they try to co-opt the social movement by means of social welfare policies and one reform or another. One expression of those policies is the presence of U.S. imperialist troops and those of their Latin American servants in Haiti. In the same way it is continuing the trade embargo against Cuba and actions aimed at subverting the Venezuelan process. The persecution, jailing and assassination of social fighters and revolutionaries are irrefutable testimony of the fact that the struggle continues and that repression, however harsh and bloodthirsty it may be, cannot do away with the ideals and the determination to fight for social and national liberation. We emphatically express our solidarity with the comrades who are suffering repression and torture in Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru. In particular we demand the freedom of the Ecuadorean student leader Marcelo Rivera, who remains in prison, accused and condemned as a terrorist by the Correa government, for defending university autonomy.

7. The betrayal by the government of Rafael Correa and the struggle of the Bolivian workers against “the gasolinazo” in Bolivia are making clear not only the real limitation of these governments, but also the need to make clear to the working class and the social and mass organizations what is the real road to social change. Experience shows that neither reformism nor class conciliation can lead to change. Real change, the genuine emancipation of our peoples is the revolution and socialism, which is only possible if there is a revolutionary political vanguard capable of pushing through a genuinely revolutionary program at the head of the struggles of the working class, the working masses and the peoples.

8. The continuity and development of the struggle of the workers, the peoples and the youth in the countries of Latin America is guaranteed by historical tradition and the present combats, the perspective is the developing along the road of the social revolution. Our Continent is and will be the scene of great liberating struggles and we Marxist-Leninist communists will fulfill and affirm our position as shock troops of the revolution and socialism.

9. The strengthening of the right-wing, corporatist and social welfare policies in most of the governments of Latin America will not make us back down from the search for true social and national emancipation. We Marxist-Leninist parties of Latin America reiterate our commitment to link ourselves boldly and decisively to the struggles that the working class, the working people, the peasantry, the youth, the women and the peoples in general are developing, as well as our irrevocable decision to advance in the unity and leadership of their struggles, winning them for the revolution and socialism.

10. We make the words of Lenin ours: “If in the course of the struggle we win the majority of the workers to our side – not only the majority of the exploited, but the majority of the exploited and oppressed – we will really win”.

July, 2011

PCC-ML: The Exchange of Prisoners of War

A few days after the reelection of Uribe has put on more evidence of the fragility of an illegal and illegitimate government (rejected by 73% of Colombians), fitted based on repression, lies, car bombings, paramilitary killings, extraditions, violation of fundamental economic, social and political rights, privatization, unemployment, erratic restructuring, hunger and misery.

In addition, crossed by the sharpening of the contradictions of any kind among the bourgeoisie itself, between sectors of this and imperialism and all these with the proletariat and the people, creating a situation that requires maneuvers to overcome their difficulties.

For its part, the popular sectors, forces and political organizations, democratic, progressive and revolutionary have not lowered the flag to oppose the regime, as demonstrated by the successful day of action on 26 September, which mobilized more than 350,000 people nationally and the new days as they prepare for October and November.

In this framework that the struggle for the exchange of prisoners of war, proposed by the partners of the FARC-EP and supported by broad segments of the population movements and human rights advocates nationally and internationally, although each sector owners with different interests, the fact is that the firmness in the tactics developed by the members of the FARC-EP is compounded by weaknesses in the government, which once made known the statements of the parties, we approach a chance to see achieve this objective, for the good of all prisoners, their families and the popular struggle against the warmongering, militarism and state terrorism of the “democratic security” that supports the draft Community State.

But do not confuse it with real potential, the possibility will become reality only through practical action of the people, we call upon all Democrats, liberals, patriots, revolutionaries to force the exchange through the mobilization, struggle and denunciation, to prevent the fascist Uribe and other reactionary forces continue mocking the popular desire for peace with social justice.

Viva the movement to oppose the regime!
Top Popular Unity in Latin America and the Caribbean!
Down with imperialism!
Fighting Unidos Venceremos!

Central Executive Committee
Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)

PCC-ML: The Crisis and Obama

The following is a translated article from the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)/EPL; a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist Party that has been fighting an armed struggle in Colombia against the forces of reaction since the 1960s. The article “The Crisis and Obama” reflects the Marxist-Leninist sentiment of the Obama victory. Revolutionaries across the world and especially in America must realize that this victory is one in which we should hold no illusions.

THE CRISIS & OBAMA

November 18, 2008

The election of Barack Obama as president of the only superpower imperialist hits the world, primarily because it expresses the electoral defeat of a policy hated by the people and loving forces of progress and democracy that have seen state terrorism razing villages with their bombings and stifling the economies with rampant speculation, worker exploitation and plundering of the environment to squandered natural resources. They are all symbols of the Bush decade, which the defeated Republican candidate McCain sought to prolong.

The idea of “change” was strengthened with some approaches of the president-elect on issues like the Iraq war, human rights in the prison in Guantanamo and in Colombia associated with the discussion of the Free Trade Agreement, as well as the social needs of broad masses of Americans forgotten and beaten by two governments of the Republican Bush.

In similar measure, the victory of the Democrat Obama is associated with the struggles against racial discrimination which applies to global capitalism, while Barack has not been a bearer of actions of the kind that brought fame to Luther King, much less ideas of Malcolm X, both immolated, and use his victory to try to rejuvenate the people between the unworkable “American dream”. From there arise some expectations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Obama has said he does have an option to dismantle imperialism, the changes will be announced in the way of saying and doing things. The changes in attitude will have no major impact on the worldwide panorama and in Latin America he will seek a change of ways to halt the progressive, democratic and leftist tendencies which inspire our people.

Obama also has achieved a Democratic majority in Congress, the majority which approved of the imperialist aggression against Cuba and Vietnam in the government of John Kennedy, who fought socialism to death, developed the nuclear arms race and permanently navigated the seven seas of the planet with a fleet of military aggression, among other actions against the sovereignty of peoples and nations such as the “Plan Colombia” by Clinton that leaves us death and misery.

This is another political reality to affirm strongly that the election of Obama does not change the essence of Yankee imperialism in politics, much less in the economy which is already committed to the “bailout” of the Bush administration to encourage the bankers to expense the savings of the American people and keep silent about the findings of the G-20 which in essence are more of the same.

The people and their real leaders will know their advantage in aspects of the government of Obama that benefit their tactics in the struggle for social liberation and national independence, a quite different illusion with the president of an imperialist power based on reason or aspects of his speech or ethnic origin, which in the cases of the hawks Condoleezza Rice and Gen. Colin Powell led to disappointment.

We cannot forget for a moment that the various monopolies have enough experience to not make the mistake of sponsoring and promoting the president who will fight them, unless he is prepared to defend them above all else.

The determined are those class interests which move the party that chose Barack Obama relying on a special time of economic and political crisis that demanded from its people and the world the idea of “if you can change” the surface, hiding the substance remains the same.

Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)

Declaration of the Regional Latin American and Caribbean CIPOML (2011)


International Conference of Parties and Marxist-Leninist Organizations Regional Latin America

POLICY STATEMENT

U.S. imperialism and its European allies: France, England, Spain, Italy, are trying to manipulate the just struggle of the Arab peoples, to channel the indignation of the working masses and the youth towards a change of names, maintaining the economic and social structures and the weight of dependency.

After reviewing the latest events in our countries, in Latin America and the world we declare:

1. The stories told by imperialism claiming that there is a recovery from the crisis are falling apart every day, with the increasing numbers of unemployed, the decrease in production, the worsening of the fiscal deficits and the increase in the foreign debt in most of the countries of Europe, in Japan and the U.S.A., which seriously affect the supposed stability of the capitalist system and sharpening its inherent contradictions. This prolonged crisis that is affecting all the countries of the world shows not only the failure of the recovery policies implemented by imperialism, but also the decay of the system, which is mortally wounded and incapable of guaranteeing the well-being and freedom for which humanity is struggling.

2. The struggle of the working class, the working people, the youth and the peoples is spreading all over the world. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Yemen and other countries of North Africa and Asia Minor are an example of the struggle against the reactionary dictatorships and governments, who with the applause of the bourgeoisies and the imperialist powers have sunk these peoples into the deepest crisis, hunger and the cruelest misery, despite the immense wealth generated by the exploitation of oil, gas and other natural resources. In addition, with the complicity of the UN they resort to military intervention, to the bombing of the civilian population in Libya, using the pretext of the fight against tyranny, all with the aim of guaranteeing the established order and the continuity of all its profits that are the product of colonization and exploitation of these peoples. We completely reject the foreign intervention in Libya. It is up to the Libyan people themselves to resolve the problems of their country. No more military aggression and intervention in Afghanistan and Palestine! We Communists raise the banner of self-determination, sovereignty, well-being and freedom!

3. Active and valiant opposition to imperialism and the reactionary governments is also alive in Europe. In Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Ireland, France, England and other countries of Europe there has been a general rejection of the reduction in wages, the pension reforms, the increase in taxes, privatizations and the reduction of the budgets for health care, education, housing and in general of all the legislative programs by which the crisis is being placed on the shoulders of the working masses. Numerous strikes and mobilizations are showing an important revival of the working class and youth that is again speaking out for unity and the political initiative to confront the recovery policies and to reject the reactionary governments. The great mobilizations of youths that are taking place in Spain and other European countries deserve particular mention, which show the exhaustion of bourgeois democracy and the search for roads to social liberation.

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Colombia: Revolutionaries Call For Abstention


The Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Colombia Marxist-Leninist presented a report on the presidential elections last May and outlined the new guidelines going into the second round on June 20.

Confirmed that the conditional support to the candidacies of the Polo Democratico Alternativo, PDA, agreed at the Fourth Plenum was correct, said that large groups which oppose the regime if “can circumvent the government’s violent crackdown” and achieve results. The votes obtained by the PDA, the high abstention, invalid votes and blank, the poor results obtained by the Conservatives and Liberals, below the PDA, confirm that the current “popular guided by the revolutionary left and the democratic sectors” is maintained and grows in some quarters as a result of the harmony of the work developed with the masses to create new spaces for action to counter the claims of political right and organically isolate the forces of change.

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PCC-ML: The Contradiction Between Socialism and Capitalism

Lenin in his day unraveled the existence of four fundamental contradictions, full force:

1 the contradiction between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie.
2 the contradiction between socialism and capitalism.
3 the contradiction between peoples and imperialism.
4 the Inter-imperialist contradictions and inter monopolists.

The solution of these contradictions lead to the defeat of imperialism and the victory of the proletarian revolution. Therefore, after the October Revolution, the revolutionary processes of self-determination of nations, national-revolutionary processes are part of the world proletarian revolution. This is one of the great discoveries of Lenin.

On this occasion we will refer only to the contradiction between socialism and capitalism.

The basic principles of the theory of the proletariat are not supra-historical. During a long historical period in which the proletariat is positioned as the most revolutionary class, also its ideology and theory are the most advanced and uniquely able to guide and ensure the great changes of society in all fields, required for building the new society, socialist society and communism.

Just as the capitalist society is governed by its principles and has its laws of development of socialist society also has its own laws and principles, from which can solve the serious contradictions of capitalist society that hinder social development and unleash the factors that determine the unstoppable progress of humanity. Socialism requires the scientific and technical development as a condition for their own advancement, but its design and purpose are totally opposed to capitalism. In socialist society, progress is an ultimate goal: the benefit of humanity, not, in essence, that of capitalism, which is profit.

Today we pay special attention to the development of historical materialism as the basis of our political theory, and intensify the struggle against bourgeois currents of thought which are grouped under the name of modernism and post-modernism and against revisionism and social democracy, and against the thesis of the so-called neo-Marxist.

Have caused much damage to Marxism-Leninism, all the distortions in his name and that of socialism has been dumped. The abandonment of the principles and the review of them have contributed a large share of confusion and demobilization.

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Uribe: Pawn of the USA against Venezuela and its Government


Communiqué

Colombia, January of 2005

1. The peoples of Colombia and Venezuela, to the astounded view and the repudiation of the progressive world, are witness to the vulgar and flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, carried out by a covert operation to capture comrade Rodrigo Granda, member of the FARC-EP [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army – translator’s note].

Just as the attacks of the paramilitary gangs in Venezuela, this covert military action (with its foul rewards) is the final straw for the Venezuelan government and is creating the present conflict between the states. The treacherous action was carried out – as usual – by secret agents of the USA and its allies, recruited from the Public Forces of the two countries. This is part of the counterinsurgency aim of Plan Colombia or the Andean Initiative and its version ‘Patriots Plan’, plans that include the destabilisation of the legitimate government of Hugo Chávez for being ‘an obstacle’ to the application of the FTA-FTAA [Free Trade Agreement – Free Trade Area of the Americas – translator’s note] and other colonialist plans of Washington in Latin America, according to recent statements at the UN by Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s new Secretary of State.

2. The communiqué, issued January 14 by the fascist Álvaro Uribe in response to the Caracas government, deserves a resounding rejection by the whole democratic and anti-imperialist forces.

Uribe as the pawn of the Yankee schemes, in his eagerness to control the oil of this fraternal country and to contain the popular upsurge, is copying Bush when he began the barbaric aggression against Iraq. Uribe is creating a pretext to justify the illegal, warlike, anti-democratic, interventionist and colonialist ‘anti-terrorist’ policy of the gringos. This was approved by the open meddling of the ambassador-viceroy in Colombia, William Wood, who supports Uribe and threatens President Hugo Chávez. The Chávez government and the social process in his country – together with Cuba – are treated by Washington as part of the so-called ‘axis of evil’, as ‘nests of terrorists’, to justify any aggression of great extent supported in the interventionism ratified by the ‘Democratic Charter’ of the OAS.

But according to the Bogotá communiqué, the State and fascist terrorist policy of the USA is binding on the governments of the world and allows the USA to violate the sovereignty of Venezuela.

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PCC-ML / EPL: Solidarity with the Haitian People!


SOLIDARITY WITH THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

On 12 January, an earthquake struck Haiti, followed by numerous aftershocks. This natural disaster is a real tragedy, especially for some 10 million people who are in distress by economic backwardness and misery, by the irresponsibility of builders who did not anticipate the seismic hazards. In addition to the tens of thousands of deaths, there is a dramatic situation in humanitarian terms, food and health.

Following the earthquake, the U.S. has reinforced the occupation that began in 1925 with more than 5 thousand troops to join the troops of “stabilization” of the UN. This is how the Marines control the capital’s airport, decide which aircraft can land, direct traffic, dealing with “public order”, ie govern Haiti and “president” (René Préval), barely mentioned. The situation is so outrageous that has been rejected by various governments.

But chaos and disorder are obvious: The only aid are arriving in the rich neighborhoods (according to reports from international journalists), there is no monitoring of aid and its distribution and the occupation forces shoot to kill and beat people because call for help, many have already decided the pillage of warehouses run by profiteers and those who want to position themselves to take dividends from any reconstruction of the devastated Port au Prince.

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PC de C (M-L) & EPL on the death of Manuel Marulanda of the FARC-EP

Manuel Marulanda is a deceased leader of the FARC-EP in Colombia. In March 2006, Alberto Gonzales, the theocratic crypto-fascist Attorney General of the United States, announced in conjunction with Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Department of Justice officials that the US State Department had placed a $5 million dollar reward on Marulanda’s head or for information leading to his capture.

But “Tirofijo” (Spanish: Surefire or Sureshot) was never apprehended, and died of a heart attack on March 26, 2008. He was replaced as commander-in-chief by ‘Alfonso Cano’.

— Espresso Stalinist

¡Manuel Marulanda vive!

The inevitable effect of decades of dedicated and non-stop delivery leaves a painful and important low: the physical absence of a great legend who symbolize the guerrilla struggle in Colombia fair. The 60-year armed struggle of the legendary guerrilla commander Manuel Marulanda, are confirmed with the recent anniversary 44 of the FARC-EP guerrilla organization which is the founder and architect.

Comrade Alfonso Cano, the General Staff, to all commanders and fighters farianos, the Clandestine Communist Party militants and relatives of Comrade Manuel, we extend our condolences and solidarity expressed the firm determination, both the Communist Party Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) and the PLA head-to continue to fight side by side with you against the regime, by the defeat of Álvaro Uribe and his unpopular plans, pro-imperialist and warmongering, the humanitarian agreement and a political solution to the conflict, for popular power and socialism. We believe that this is the best way to honor the memory of the exemplary soldier until forever: Manuel Marulanda.

Excerpts from the statement of the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) and the People’s Liberation Army, EPL. Colombia, May 27, 2008.

Final Declaration of 15th International Seminarium “Problems of revolution in Latin América”

15th International Seminar: Problems of the Revolution in Latin America

The world is still shaking from the economic crisis of the capitalist system that broke out just over three years ago within U.S. imperialism. Its manifestations and effects spread rapidly, first to the more developed economies and then to the entire planet. The small and brief signs of partial recovery, extolled by the financial groups and economists who are defenders of the system as evidence that the crisis has come to an end, have only confirmed the cyclical nature of the crises, within the framework of the general crisis of capitalism.

The measures tried by the governments and international agencies to overcome the problems have resulted in their intensification. By the logic of the functioning of capitalism the working classes, youth and peoples in general become principal victims of the crisis, but they do not face it with resignation: they resist, they struggle and in important sectors they come out with proposals demanding that the crisis be paid by the capitalists who are responsible for it, not the workers.

Today in various parts of the world the fight for wages, jobs, education, and health care have been joined to the banners of democracy, freedom and other political rights. We are experiencing a period of the rise of the struggle of the masses and its torrent has brought down authoritarian and dictatorial regimes such as Ben Ali (in Tunisia) and Hozni Mubarak (in Egypt) and kept others in check. The questioning of bourgeois institutions is present in these struggles, as in the demands of the “indignant ones” in Spain, in the strikes by workers in Greece and England, and in the mobilizations of the youth in the Americas. It is obvious that the political expressions of the crisis are becoming prominent.

In Latin America the democratic, progressive and left-wing tendency is being affirmed and strengthened in the most advanced sectors. For some time we have seen that there has been a change in the political and social relationship of forces in the region: the neoliberal bourgeoisie and its parties suffered political and electoral defeats in several countries and lost positions in the administrative apparatus of the State; some progressive governments emerged as a result of the search for change by our peoples, of the fights waged against governments openly subservient to foreign capital and to the interests of the local ruling classes.

Without a doubt this new Latin American scenario marked a positive step for the peoples, for the democratic, progressive and left-wing forces because it encouraged the desire for change among the masses, it affirmed their confidence in their ability to overcome a system that has only brought hunger and hopelessness to the workers and peoples. A crucial aspect is that the new situation put the prospect of socialism as an alternative to the decadent capitalist system on the table for discussion.

However, over the years, we have seen the political limits of those governments. Some more rapidly than others have begun to turn to the right, betraying the expectations of the beginning of those new times for those who have always lived under oppression. Free trade agreements with imperialist countries or blocs, anti-popular laws, processes of criminalization of the social protest, handing over of natural resources to foreign capital and neoliberal economic measures have been adopted by almost all those governments that promised change.

Most of the regimes that encouraged the prospect of implementing profound economic, political and social changes, and therefore opened up spaces for the left-wing organizations to advance in the accumulation of revolutionary forces, have become obstacles to the advance of the struggle of the masses, to the perspective of the revolution and socialism; they are, in fact, governments that support the capitalist system.

The turn to the right taking place in the majority of those governments, in spite of the expectations of the ruling classes and imperialism, has not led to discouragement or frustration among the peoples. The desire for change is still present; it is shown in the protests against unemployment, for education, for the land, for water, against taxes, for democracy, because their voice is heard when it is time to make decisions in the spheres of government.

The prospect of the victory of the revolution and socialism is being maintained, it does not depend on what opportunism, reformism or any bourgeois pseudo left-wing faction does; it is in the hands of the workers and peoples, of the genuinely revolutionary forces. For the victory of the revolution, it is essential to utilize and combine all forms of struggle, according to the features present in each of the countries.

Now, in order to put an end to the contradiction that defines the nature of the epoch in which we live, the contradiction between labor and capital, we cannot ignore the fight against the policy that social-democracy in power carries out in the name of social change but for the benefit of the ruling classes and imperialist financial capital.

For the advance of the revolutionary struggle it is necessary to remove the nefarious bourgeois ideological influence in its different forms in the movement of the workers, the youth, women and the popular movement in general; to that end we must combine the momentum of the fight of the masses for their material demands and political rights with the ideological debate to expose the pro-capitalist character embodied in these proposals. The unmasking of opportunism and social democracy is part of the ideological struggle that we revolutionaries raise against capitalism and its defenders in general.

The organizations of the revolutionary left are the most advanced sector of the democratic, progressive and left-wing tendency, their responsibility is to work to ensure that the whole tendency and the peoples in general see and understand the political limits that the progressive governments have and the nature of those of a neoliberal character and above all, to ensure that they take up the banners and program of a genuine revolution that leads to socialism.

In this process, the policy of unity with the sectors and forces involved in the defense of the aspirations and rights of workers and peoples and to defend the sovereign interests of the country is essential.

Moreover, the unity must go beyond national borders, since, while the revolution is a process that must be implemented in each country, in essence it is an international movement. It is our commitment to form a great anti-imperialist front of the peoples, which is expressed in specific struggles and actions. The active solidarity with all those peoples who are fighting for social and national liberation and independence is part of our work. Today we express our support for the struggle of the Palestinian people against criminal Israeli Zionism, to the people of Puerto Rico in their struggle for independence; we reject the imperialist blockade established for five decades against Cuba and the presence of occupation troops in Haiti; we condemn all acts of political and military aggression and intervention by the imperialist powers against the peoples.

With our collective effort we have arrived at the 15th International Seminar that, year after year, has followed-up on the fundamental problems that circumstances impose on the revolutionary organizations. We reaffirm the importance of such events that allow us to sum up and share experiences; therefore we commit ourselves to continue this work and to publicize the agreements and resolutions made on this occasion. We call for a similar event next year.

15th International Seminar: Problems of the Revolution in Latin America
Quito, July 15, 2011

Revolutionary Communist Party of Argentina
Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary Party (Argentina)
Olga Benario Women’s Movement (Brazil)
Revolutionary Communist Party (Brazil)
Minga Sur Palmira – Alternative Democratic Pole (Colombia)
Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)
Communist Party of Labor of the Dominican Republic
Caribbean Youth (Dominican Republic)
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist)
Revolutionary Popular Front (Mexico)
National Democratic Front (Philippines)
Caribbean and Latin American Coordinator (Puerto Rico)
Communist Party (Bolshevik) Russia
Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninist)
Socialist Revolutionary University Front (Venezuela)
Ana Soto Women’s Movement (Venezuela)
Education Movement for Emancipation (Venezuela)
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Video: EPL Guerrilla on the Massacre of 16 of May, 1998




Profile of the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) and Popular Liberation Army (EPL)




The Ejercito Popular de Liberacion (EPL), or Popular Liberation Army, was founded on December the 17th, 1967, as the armed wing of the Communist Party of Colombia Marxist-Leninist (PCC-ML), a Maoist and then Hoxhaist split from the pro-Soviet Communist Party of Colombia founded in July, 1965. The Popular Liberation Army is considered the third largest guerrilla group in size after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and National Liberation Army (ELN). Little information is available about the struggle of the PCC-ML and the EPL. The author has compiled this information about the party’s struggles and history of brave resistance to imperialism, neo-colonialism and the fascist Colombian government.

Colombia is a bourgeois pro-imperialist state where the rights of the people are trampled, and they are thus forced to take up arms. The Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) was formed as a revolutionary party and has provided the political leadership of the EPL since it was constituted. The EPL is a guerrilla army based on the people and operating in rural Colombia.

In the 1970s the organization developed support from the working class and peasantry among banana plantations and peasant colonos. It was originally loyal to Maoism but became pro-Albania Hoxhaist in the 1970s. The EPL based its actions on guerrilla warfare, education of the peasant class and the creation of an army for the masses. It started its military activity on the borders between Cordoba and Antioquia, a traditional refuge area for guerrillas during La Violencia.

The EPL’s leaders included Francisco Caraballo, Jaime Fajardo, Bernardo Ferreira Grandet, Amanda Ramírez and Rafael Vergara Navarro. Their standard weapons included rifles, shotguns, revolvers machetes and occasionally explosives. At their peak, before a series of military defeats by the Colombian army and paramilitary groups, they also had influence in the regions of Alto Sinu and San Jorge, extending into regions of Bajo Cauca and Urabá.

At its zenith, the EPL boasted about several thousand fighters, most of whom were peasants and intellectuals. In the decades-long conflict that followed, EPL would sacrifice the lives of over three thousand of its members, these casualties including the deaths of great leaders like Carlos Pizarro, Luis Carlos Galan, Oscar William Calvo, Ernesto Rojas, Bernardo Jaramillo, Jaime Pardo, José Antequera and many others in the struggle for Marxism-Leninism, socialism, the class struggle and the Colombian proletariat.

A former government minister, Rafael Prado, was assassinated by the EPL in September 1978. AUC paramilitaries attacked the EPL’s social and political bases after the government sent forces to counter the guerrillas. There was fighting against the EPL’s most powerful fronts, and in the locations of the fighting there were recorded massacres of peasants, supporters and some of the commanders.

In one typical raid, Colombian forces captured $5 billion pesos, 60 real estate deeds, 389 securities such as bills of exchange, checks, life insurance, leases, exchanges, purchases and ledgers the organization as well as confidential reports. In another, five microwave ovens, a compressor, an electric saw, a drill, a polisher, a riveter, three electricity generators, metallic tubes, containers and 800 gallons of ethanol.

After an intense decades-long armed conflict with the widely-deployed EPL guerrillas, paramilitaries, law enforcement and other sectors began the overflow of a “dirty war” into the countryside, accusing the EPL, ELN and FARC-EP of terrorism. What analysts called the “crisis in the crisis” occurred in the late 80’s and there were true expressions of civil war and lawlessness.

The EPL’s cadres universally met with harsh repression and were usually killed rather than arrested. One example was EPL leader Jesus Chiquito Becerra, alias “Leytor,” who had eight warrants for crimes of terrorism, rebellion and extortion, and also had four outstanding prison sentences: two of 35 years for kidnapping and extortion and two of 29 and 27 years for various other offenses. In 1975 Pedro León Arboleda was killed and a number of other important leaders were arrested. Still, by 1978 there was be a revival of the guerrillas in the northwest (Antioquia and Cordoba).

The party began to make a break with Maoism during the Sino-Albanian split in the 1970s, and by the 11th Congress of the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) in 1980, the party has completely abandoned Maoism, saying that it over-emphasized the role of the peasantry and underestimated the role of the proletariat in political work.

Their conclusions read: “The Maoist concept of protracted people’s war, on the centralization of work in the countryside to encircle the cities, involved taking in practice the field as the work setting and not the areas of greatest industrial development.” Instead, they decided to emphasize the idea of “[forming] an army of professional fighters to coexist in large agribusiness and even in large urban industrial centers.” The party had a tradition from the early 1970s of being in the cities.

The EPL chose to participate in the 1984 peace talks and cease-fire along with FARC-EP and ELN on August 23, 1984, but it refused to sign a peace agreement. As in the case of FARC, this was cleverly used to expand into new regions and increase the number of combatants and of fronts.

In the second half of 1985, after the seizing of the Palace of Justice by fellow guerrilla group M-19 and the breaking of the cease-fire with the murder of its negotiator, Oscar William Calvo, and of its leader, Ernesto Rojas, the organization ignored the cease-fire and EPL military action resumed.

The EPL was frequently attacked by the Colombian armed forces and right-wing paramilitary groups, the former affecting their military structure and their social and political bases. From 1988 the battle in Córdoba and Urabá intensified against the most powerful and fronts of the EPL.

President Alvaro Uribe gave the order to annihilate the EPL, and the regions where they were active were kept on edge for years afterward. The group has managed to establish support networks that have allowed them to resist any military movement. Hence, they have been kept alive despite the ongoing military operations against them.

In late 1990, the EPL began to negotiate their demobilization, as it was severely beaten by Colombian military forces and paramilitary groups. In 1991-1994, a large section of the EPL, 2,556 fighters, abandoned armed struggle, some of whom formed the now-defunct group “Esperanza Paz y Libertad,” whose members were later executed as deserters.

The section under Francisco Caraballo opposed the demobilization of the EPL in 1991 and continues to support the section of the EPL still fighting. The EPL kidnapped former Algerian minister Durán Quintero during the peace talks in Tlaxcala. During the captivity, Duran suffered a heart attack and died. After publication of the death of the former minister, the episode led to the breakdown of peace talks.

EPL fighter surrendering weapons during peace talks in the early 1990's

The peace process with the EPL reflected in the reduction of violence in some of the areas under their control. The total reduction of revolutionary violence, however, was not attained by the government thanks to the efforts modern EPL commander Francisco Caraballo.

The EPL guerrillas, according to official data, became a kind of “Robin Hood” structure of the region. It continued to remain relevant to the practice of its commanders: that is, sharing with the farmers the money and land obtained by the group in their liberated areas. The EPL also worked to participate in local unions and worker’s rights groups.

This situation put the Colombian military at a disadvantage, as the EPL, through this method, was fed intelligence by the locals and had advanced knowledge of any troop movement.

As of 1995 the EPL consisted of thirteen different fronts, each named after a leader, commander or martyr. These included Aldemar Londoño Front, Virgilio Enrique Rodriguez Front, Oscar William Calvo Front, Pedro León Arboleda Front, Hernando Vasquez Pedro Rendón Front, Elkin González Vásquez Front, Bernardo Franco Front.

The EPL continues operating under the command of leader Francisco Caraballo. Its military activity is concentrated in Antioquia, Caldas, North Santander and Guajira and is in coordination with the FARC-EP and ELN groups.

A sample of the union between the FARC and EPL occurred in the attack in Hacarí (Norte de Santander) on a military patrol on 20 April in 2006. It killed six soldiers and 10 officers of the Department of Administrative Security, DAS. This was led by EPL leader Víctor Ramón Navarro, alias “Megateo.”


Repression against the surviving branches of the EPL continues to this day. On Jan. 25, 2010, police in the eastern Colombian city of Cucuta arrested Jesus Villalba Torres, alias “Carmelo,” suspected of being head of the Libardo Mora Toro front of the Popular Liberation Army and of being responsible for the killing of sixteen policemen who died when guerrillas blew up their truck. “Carmelo” was charged with rebellion, the production and trafficking of cocaine, kidnapping, extortion and homicide.

Francisco Caraballo is First Secretary of the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) and commander of the People’s Army of Liberation. He has been re-elected leader of the Party and is also spokesperson for the EPL. In 1994 he was caught on a farm in the municipality of Cajicá with his wife and son by the Thirteenth Brigade of the National Army of Colombia. Caraballo was sentenced to 38 years in prison for rebellion, kidnapping and terrorism. He was also sentenced to 29 years for kidnapping Turbay Beatriz Elena and army major Yepes Luis Demetrio in 1992 and 1994. He was imprisoned in the high security jail at Itagui outside Medellin.

Francisco Caraballo

Due to pressure from an international campaign, on April 2008, Caraballo was freed from prison on parole after serving 14 years of his sentence. He was sent to the “Peace House” in Medellín with two former leaders of the ELN. Despite this, he is still the leader of the PCC-ML and the EPL, which remains hidden in the cities and countryside of Colombia.

The EPL’s tenacity and the intransigence of its remaining leaders makes it a force that cannot be easily dismissed.

EPL guerrillas holding a PCMLE flag.

The Colombian Revolution, which is led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), National Liberation Army (ELN) and Communist Party of Colombia/ML (PCC-ML & EPL), progressed through combining with general strike actions of urban toilers and the working class in recent years. Revolutionary struggle, despite the fascist attacks of USA and Colombian reaction and the massacres of death squads, did not only maintain its existence but also increased its mass support.

These forces prevented the USA from conducting “Plan Colombia,” which consists of crushing the revolution directly with its military forces through occupying Colombia. After September 11th, while US bandits increase the threat of “Plan Colombia”, the Colombian Revolution grows, challenging USA and its servants.

PROLETARIANS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!
LONG LIVE FRANCISCO CARABALLO!
LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS EPL!

Revisiting the Gaza Genocide by Israel

Crimes of Zionism & Imperialism in Gaza

by the communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)

June 1, 2010

The premeditated armed attack in international waters by Israeli Zionism materialized against the occupants of a humanitarian fleet is another heinous act of a State and a genocidal government, is another link in the chain of crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people.

Zionist hordes were joint military exercises with NATO in the days of the assault, so one can speak of the complicity of the Yankees, we know that according to military plans approved by Obama in late May among its objectives includes “preparing the ground” for future attacks on U.S. troops or their allies. That is, only changed the words but in fact is the “perpetual war” against peoples struggling for national liberation and social. Hence, the United Nations declarations do not pass the formalities, you know that Washington was appointed Israel gendarme of the Middle East.

The “Freedom Flotilla” are eight boats with 750 people on board, belonging to different nationalities and solidarity organizations, including the European Parliament. Internationalist solidarity plan set sail to break the unjust and illegal naval blockade of the military occupation of the Gaza Strip, ordered from Tel Aviv to pursue the Hamas movement, which remains under the legal Palestinian organization is deemed “terrorist” for failing to reconcile with the imperialist-Zionist plans to deny independent territory and the Palestinian people. They had ten thousand tons of food, medicine, surgical supplies, etc. To alleviate the suffering of about a million and half Palestinians under siege and humiliated by the boot invasion in late 2008.

The Israeli government claims “self defense from terrorism” clumsy and laughable arguments that challenge the so-called international community, which provides refuge to let injustices of the bourgeois governments of the world.

Now there are 10 dead, over 60 injured and 700 arrested but the Zionist military operation Cast Lead began in December 2008 with the slaughter of civilians in Gaza which caused 1,300 deaths, thousands injured, destruction of homes and basic infrastructure but had no more than rhetorical sanctions. On this pattern of impunity, the hawkish State of Israel has been building its physical expansion, and its occupation of Palestinian territory trampling international law.

Citing “safety” and the right to protect “of terrorism,” Israeli Zionism took over territory, destroying Palestinian houses and crops, burst water reservoirs, converted large areas into concentration camps to fully support the Zionist Jews Wall Street financial oligarchy that sponsored the candidacy of Obama. The history of crimes have the “justification” for the Americans and British unconditionally accompanying Israeli criminals.

In various cities and towns there are demonstrations against the pirate assault and slaughter of civilians. People unanimously condemning Israel while calling buddies research. Always the case when these barbarians make his usual mischief.

The real “international community” is formed by the peoples and nations that support the injustices of a capitalist-imperialist system incapable of guaranteeing the existence, food, education and health of the inhabitants of the globe. The Zionists have taken too much the feeling of solidarity of the people with the horrors of the Nazis against the Jews, that is used today to act like Hitler and Mussolini. Enough!

Long live the heroic people of Palestine! Long live international solidarity!
Down with Zionism and imperialism!
Fighting Unidos Venceremos!
Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)

From the Popular Liberation Army of Colombia (EPL): 40 Years of Struggle for Revolution and Socialism

40 years of struggle for revolution and socialism

EPL:

Published: February 13, 2008

40 years ago, the December 17, 1967, is born full of revolutionary optimism, confident of the future Socialist Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean and humanity, the Popular Liberation Army of Colombia EPL.

40 years ago, the December 17, 1967, was born to lead the revolutionary armed struggle in northeastern Colombia, the Popular Liberation Army (PLA), led by the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist), and under the command comrade and commander Francisco Caraballo.

As pointed out by the PLA in its statement: “I was born in that corner of the country the revolutionary armed struggle led by the party of the proletariat as an essential component in the struggle for making and exercise of political power by the proletariat and the people, the overthrow of the pro-imperialist bourgeois state, and establish a popular democratic state with achieving the strategic objective of the democratic revolution, imperialism, up to socialism. ”

In Colombia and in Latin America, the struggle of people against looting imposed by imperialism and the native oligarchy progressed, was present as an example of dignity, the revolutionary triumph of the Cuban people and their heroic resistance to the aggression and the criminal economic blockade, the courageous response of the Arab peoples “with the Palestinian people to head to the fascist invasion of Israel, the struggle of the Vietnamese people, who defeated and humiliated the most powerful military powers, U.S. imperialism , and is, in the framework of universal military-political upheaval, which is the Popular Liberation Army of Colombia, which, as indicated in his statement, “is born full of revolutionary optimism, confident of the future Socialist Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean and humanity ”

The strength and ideological unity within their ranks, has made it able to withstand the onslaught of the class enemy and those who within their ranks were broken as the now defunct group opportunistic “Hope, Peace and Freedom” that late eighties abandoned the revolution and began to serve the enemies of the people.

This steadiness and leadership attributes of the Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) and the Popular Liberation Army, were allowed, as indicated, be an incorruptible force that has faced the toughest military, political and ideological “without morals and determination to fight has been broken,” firmness has not stopped “taking their political flexibility to armed conflict, political, social and fight for democratic space for people’s struggle” and its dedication to unit effort of construction and development of the Simon Bolivar Guerrilla Coordinator.

Comforts the world revolutionary movement and the PLA’s commitment to stay, “even in the midst of all sorts of difficulties and the siege of the enemy (…) revolutionary vitality firm and continuing to address this and move building structures in the countryside and the city ”

“The PLA reaches his 40 years of life diminished in quantity, but with the backing of the ideological and political strength of their leaders and commanders of the different lines.”

Our Party and the revolutionary movement in America and the world, presents this 40 th anniversary of the PLA and its commitment to advance the revolutionary perspective, looking at the future with optimism that honors the fallen in battle as the commander Ernesto Rojas and the thousands of prisoners of war found in the dungeons of the regime, without renouncing their revolutionary beliefs.

40 Years – Viva EPL!

–Freedom Fighter Francisco Caraballo, leader of PCdeC (ml) and Commander of the PLA