Talk:Capture of FARC member creates crisis between Venezuela and Colombia/FARC
A lot of the information about this case is encontered at government or government party, or allies websites. Previously this and more information were freely avaialable but nowadays some information is removed from these websites.
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- America Libre: the Marxist and revolutionary magazine America Libre is formed by FARC leaders and PT(Brazilian government party) members. The magazine former president was Frei Betto, personal friend of Lula and former accessor of his government. Check the list. Here are some names but there are more:
-Comandante Manuel Marulanda Vélez (FARC leader)
-Milton Hernández (ELN leader)
-Luis Eduardo Greenhalgh (PT)
-Fernando Morais (PT)
-Emir Sader (PT)
.... and so on.
All Brazilian people are from PT or PT sympathizers. Also you will see in the list a lot of names of extremist left movement members accused of been terrorists worldwide.
- Raúl Reyes FARC leader interview to Folha de São Paulo(AF) newspaper (August 24, 2003):
AF - Are you looking for any contact with Lula government?
Reyes - We are trying to establish - or restablish - the same relationship we had before when he was just the PT party candidate for the presidency.
AF - Did you meet Lula?
Reyes - Yes, I don't remember in what year exactly, it was in San Salvador, during a Foro de São Paulo.
AF - Did you talk?
Reyes - Yes, we were responsible for the meeting. Since then, we have meet at different places and we were in contact until recently. I could not talking to him after he became President.
AF - When did you talk to him for the last time?
Reyes - I don't remember exactly. It is about three years.
AF - Which are the FARC links inside Brazil besides the government ones?
Reyes - The FARC are in contact, not only in Brazil, with different political forces and governments, and social moviments. At the time of Fernando Henrique Cardoso was President we had a delegation in Brazil.
FSP - Can you name the most important ones?
Reyes - Well, the PT, off course, inside PT there are a lot of forces; the Landless worker movement(MST), the homeless movement, students, labour unions, intellectuals, priests, historians, journalists...
AF-Who are the intellectuals?
Reyes - Emir Sader, frei Betto [Lula special accessor] and many others.
- In 2001, FARC commanders were received in Brazil by the Rio Grande do Sul governor Olivio Dutra (PT). The FARC leaders were honoreed and acclaimed during the I World Social Forum.
Olivio Dutra is the Minister of Cities of Lula government.
- Polícia Federal descobre fábricas de cocaína das Farc no Brasil - Brazilian police discovers FARC cocaine factory in Brazil.
- Exército colombiano captura Fernandinho Beira-Mar - Colombian army arrests Brazilian drug-dealer Fernandinho Beira-Mar at Venezuela,Colombia,Brazil border. Colombian authorities accuse Beira-Mar and FARC relationship.
- Some Folha de São Paulo newspaper excerpts(I will put the links later when I get time):
The Lula administration is also hindering the efforts of President Alvaro Uribe’s conservative government to combat the terrorism plaguing Colombia.
Marco Aurélio Garcia, the President’s special assistant for foreign affairs, affirmed that the Brazilian government does not look favorably on American help to combat Colombian drug trafficking and guerrillas. Mr. Garcia announced that President Lula da Silva is ready to intervene.
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim also spoke of the possibility of a direct intervention by the Brazilian government. Reportedly, Brazil would interfere in Colombia through the United Nations, to force Colombia to return to the failed policy of dialogue with leftist narco-guerrillas. For many years now, the “dialogue” policy has only helped the terrorists regroup, bolstering their threat potential. A first step of Brazil’s shift in policy regarding the FARC was President Lula da Silva’s letter to United Nations Secretary General Koffi Anan asking the U.N. to intervene in Colombia and offering Brazil's help in this regard.
In addition, the Lula administration is planning a meeting with South American Foreign Ministers in the coming weeks.
The Lula government’s efforts are a poorly disguised and ideologically motivated attempt to both save and legitimize Colombia’s Marxist FARC.
For example, President Alvaro Uribe recently called on neighboring countries to designate FARC as an international terrorist group. That measure would trigger the application of a U.N. resolution freezing FARC's assets abroad and restricting the circulation of its members in other countries. The Brazilian government’s official response was to deny the request. Not designating the FARC as a “terrorist group,” the Lula administration claimed, would better place Brazil in a position to mediate the dispute between the guerrillas and the Colombian government.
The Colombian Minister of the Interior publicly criticized the Brazilian government for its attitude. According to Jimmy Chamorro, of the Colombian Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “Brasilia's position shows there's no solidarity with Colombia in combating drug-financed terrorists.” (...) Colombian Defense Minister Martha Lucía Ramírez has already denounced the fact that FARC guerrillas move freely in and out of Venezuela (ruled by Lula ally, Hugo Chavez) and that they hold kidnapped Colombian citizens there. The leniency towards the FARC shown by the Lula Administration is perfectly consistent with the policy set forth by the Forum of São Paulo. This umbrella organization, founded by President Lula da Silva and Fidel Castro, brings together all the leftist parties and organizations in Latin America, including FARC. In one of its resolutions, the Forum of São Paulo refused to call movements and organizations like the FARC as “terrorist.” It prefers to describe them as “resistance” or “national liberation” movements. The Forum brands as “state terrorism” however, measures taken to repress the FARC's political and ideological terrorism. Understandably, the FARC sent a letter to the 11th Encounter of the Forum of São Paulo, held in December 2002 in Guatemala, congratulating Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for his electoral victory.
- List of notable participants in Foro de São Paulo-2004(excerpt):
-Colombian Communist Party
-Communist Party of Cuba
-Communist Party of Argentina
-Communist Party of Bolivia
-Communist Party of Brazil
-Communist Party of Chile
-Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, El Salvador
-Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity
-Sandinista National Liberation Front, Nicaragua
-National Liberation Army, Colombia
-Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
Solidarity with Colombia at the meeting in San Salvador
FARC: trust and e assurance
The final presentation at the opening of the meeting belonged to the FARC-EP. Arturo Campos commander, from Central Major State, created a serene and combatant mood with his opening speech... (...) He praised the Bolivarian Revolution at Venezuela, the Indians resurgence in Ecuador, the Cocaleros march in Bolivia and Peru, the Piqueteiros challenge in Argentina, the fight of the Landless Worker Moviment (MST) in Brazil, the fight of people from Puerto Rico against USA Navy exercises...
- Communist Party of Brazil(PC do B): Lula diplomacy guides Venezuela Friends Group
A solidarity workshop paying tribute to the five political prisoners of the U.S. government is to take place from January 23 until 28 as part of the 3rd World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. The meeting will also focus on the Cuban people’s long struggle against terrorism.
The invitation from Brazil reads as follows: "We invite all progressive organizations, movements and individuals -especially those who are involved in Cuban solidarity work and the campaign to liberate the five Cuban patriots- to join us in Porto Alegre and take part in the solidarity meeting, so that we can develop international strategies to support the Cuban people in their fight against terrorism and U.S. government aggression. We call for the immediate release of Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort y René González Sehweret – political prisoners of U.S imperialism. Relatives of the Five will be joining us from Cuba to attend the workshop.
There is no Revolution withou revolutionary theory, there is no Revolution without revolutionary action (Karl Marx)
- Gretchen Small, World Social Forum
Lula government staff
The Secretary of Sports, Agnelo Queiroz, is an important member of the Communist Party of Brazil (PC do B).
Antonio Palocci, Secretary of Treasury was a Trotskyite militant. Recently his “moderate” Government in Ribeirão Preto announced the creation of a pro-FARC committee.
Dilma Ruseff, Minister of Mines and Energy, participated in the activities of the VAR Palmares, famous organization for its armed action.
Jose Dirceu, Head of the Civil House, was banished to Mexico in exchange for the life of the U.S. ambassador. Later he left for Cuba to study the “Course of guerilla warfare," and also became a Cuban agent. In Cuba, between 1960 and 1970, he was trained in weapons, logistics and financial subversion. Dirceu recently affirmed that he is “eternally grateful to the people of Cuba, particularly President Fidel Castro” and "I do not forget them. I hold in my heart, in my memory, the image of each one and the ideals of all."
Luiz Dulci was a Trotskyite militant of OSI (LIBELU). He is the General secretary of the presidency.
Luiz Gushiken came from the OSI (LIBELU) too. He is the Secretary of Communication in the government.
Marina Silva, Environment Minister, was a militant of the Communist Revolutionary Party (PRC).
Nilmário Miranda, Human Rights Minister, participated in the origin of the Organization of Leninist Marxist Combat-Labor politics (OCML-PO). As a member of the House of Representatives for the PT he was detached in the defense of Communists.
Tarso Genro was a member of the Communist Party of Brazil (PC do B). Attracted by armed action he entered the Ala Vermelha – “Red Section." He was also a militant in the Communist Revolutionary Party before joining the PT. He is now the Secretary of Economic and Social Development.
Olívio Dutra, Minister of the Cities, deserves a whole chapter.