On the road to peace, it got a little hurt.
The Nobel Prize candidate in Economics, Albert Berry, says in his recent book "Advance and Failure in the Colombian Agriculture, XX and XXI Centuries" that by the year 1936 "the big landowners mounted a sophisticated campaign against the government that showed the hostility of the elite towards any intervention by the State in matters related to the land, stating that the Government was trying to destroy private property and warned about the threat of a revolution."
The women who have been in the FARC, recently issued a public statement, in which they express their open rejection of the smear campaign that some people and media are carrying on against the leaders of the new political party.
The democratic and progressive aspirations of the peoples of Our America have just suffered a frontal blow in the Federative Republic of Brazil. In a first instance court decision, former president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, who was foisted with corruption and money laundering, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
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.
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.
Is he aware that the way in which he presents his statements fuels the irrational hatred of sectors willing to drown the country in another sea of blood?
As if it was an April fools´ joke, the National Government sanctioned a new tax reform last December 28, after an intense controversy, leaving in the air the feeling that none, not even the Ministry of Finance that had presented it, was fully satisfied with it. The criticisms sprang from all sectors, although in the end the majority seemed to conclude that it was a necessary evil, to which we must be resigned to in any chase. Another toad that the country will have to swallow.
No other man in history has ever battled so much for the interests of mankind. Until the last moments of his life, Fidel serenely warned of the dangers that beset everyone on account of the greed of big capital.