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Gabriel Ángel is writer and guerrilla fighter of the FARC-EP
Monday, 11 December 2017 17:17

The struggle moves us forward

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A few days ago I attended the graduation ceremony of a second group of pardoned FARC members.

The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the UNAD, in the Restrepo neighborhood of Bogotá. I learned that at the ETCR of Caño Indio, in Tibú, Norte de Santander, the graduation of another large group of former guerrillas took place on the same day.

I understand that in other ETCR similar ceremonies are also being held. That fact undoubtedly represents an important achievement of the peace process. Similarly, in Facatativá, on behalf of the UNP, the course for escorts has just begun, seeing the participation of some 400 former guerrillas. It will be the second course of that nature to be organised.

There is now a course for Agricultural Technicians, in which more than 350 former guerrillas sent from their respective territorial spaces, are engaged in that specialty that will then be put into practice in the productive projects that will be implemented in their areas. Visits to the ETCRs are also scheduled with the aim to acquire land.

For these visits, officials of the National Land Agency will be transferred to the regions, together with technicians from the National Council of Reincorporation who have been accompanying the process. The Directive Councils of the ETCR should coordinate with the owners of the land the visits to the premises where the productive projects will be carried out.

For its part we learned of the issuance of Decree 2026 of December 4, which regulates the Territorial Spaces for Education and Reincorporation, ETCR, created by Decree 1274 of 2017. In it, among other things, are guaranteed to former members of FARC located in the aforementioned spaces services such as food, health and safety.

On the other hand, for each ETCR a project formulator was appointed, with UNDP resources, and these traveled to the Territorial Spaces in October, with the purpose of accompanying the former guerrillas in the structuring of their projects. Presented these and endorsed by the National Council of Reincorporation, 8 million for each former guerrilla will be delivered as agreed.

The argument put forward by officials of the governmental component in the National Council of Reincorporation, in order to explain the delay in the development of all these procedures contained in the Final Agreement, is that nothing could be done while there was no abandonment of arms and this was only effectively completed in the month of August.

The law could not be violated, but once the abandonment requirement was met, the gear was put in motion to make possible the start-up of productive projects, which implies the existence of lands where they can be developed. It is processed by the State, to be later handed over to the former guerrillas.

I refer to all these activities, very little divulged by the media, with the purpose of noting that an intense activity is being carried out by the National Council of Reincorporation, of which FARC cadres are also part, with the clear purpose of making reality what was agreed upon in Havana regarding reincorporation.

I do not know which of these things may seem infamous to the sectors that are adamant about repealing the Agreements. Until the process with the FARC, the so-called reinsertion was an activity carried out individually. This time it was different, the reincorporation was agreed to be done collectively, involving a group that at the same time became an active political party.

Maybe that's what bothers these people so much. That the FARC had not divided into thousands of reincorporated people spread throughout the national territory, but that they have fought and managed to keep their collective character so that, simultaneously with the productive activities, they can act as an organized legal political force.

For us that means our physical and political survival. It is true that all this is only a germ, but if it is materialized, profound perspectives of social and political transformation can mature in our country. At the same time, our Party begins to take its first steps towards openly participating in the next electoral campaigns.

We will soon inscribe the lists of candidates for public corporations. Those registered in the Senate and the Chamber will open their campaign throughout a large part of the national territory.

Perhaps the most cavernous sector in Congress and in corrupt traditional politics, has been engaged in destroying our political participation or even the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

But it is also true that despite the raging bites of their jaws, they failed to stop our aspirations. The struggle moves us forward.

It is what we have done, and what we will continue to do.

Last modified on Monday, 11 December 2017 17:35