A powerful general strike took place in Colombia yesterday, involving half a million workers with rallies ion more than 40 cities around the country. The regime is facing growing opposition in spite of the brutal methods that it uses to crush any form of militancy.
Yesterday we reported on the repression of the indigenous in Colombia and the strike wave of workers in the juridical and sugar cane sectors. Today, we have received reports of further repression and a call for a national strike on 23 October against the state of emergency. We call for solidarity with the Colombian workers and peasants that are facing repression.
We have received news of a stand-off between the Colombian police and a 9,000 strong assembly of workers and peasants in Colombia in the region of Cauca. The workers and peasants are in grave danger as the state is moving in to dislodge them from the Pan-American highway that they have blockaded in the South-West of the country.
In spite of the
heroism of the guerrilla fighters, what they have lacked is an
understanding of the role of the working class in the process of
socialist revolution. What is required is a party based on the
working class in the cities that can lead the peasantry. In this
struggle the guerrillas would still have a role but as auxiliary to
the working class, not as its substitute.
more than one occasion the Colombian ruling class has entered into
"peace talks" with the guerrillas, only to use these as a means
of buying time and preparing even greater bloodshed. They used this
situation also to conveniently cut across repeated waves of mass
start today a three part article, written in June, which looks at how
the various guerrilla organisations emerged in Colombia. The
bourgeois media present them as merely a bunch of criminals,
conveniently ignoring the fact that they arose historically as an
answer to the brutal repressive Colombian state at the service of the
local oligarchy and imperialism.