After his death, March 26 was proclaimed “Day of the Universal Right of Peoples to Armed Rebellion" by the Continental Bolivarian Coordinating Body.
Pablo Catatumbo recalled the most important moments of the long political road of the legendary leader of the insurgency. He began by recalling the words of the Comandante of Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz:
“I considered and still consider Marulanda one of the most outstanding Colombian and Latin-American guerrilla fighters. When a lot of names of mediocre politicians will have been forgotten, Marulanda will be recognized as one of the most dignified and firm fighters for the well-being of peasants, workers and the poor of Latin-America”.
The event of acknowledgment was accompanied by a song entitled “The warrior for peace”, which tells the story of Manuel Marulanda; about how a peasant from the Colombian countryside became a symbol of resistance to oppression and hope for changes.
Afterwards, Alexandra Nariño, the Colombo-Dutch guerrilla fighter of the FARC-EP and member of the Peace Delegation, played a song composed by a guerrilla fighter of the Eastern Block, Alejandra, who was part of Marulanda’s troops for many years.
The Dutchwoman sent an embrace to her and all the guerrilla fighter in the Colombian jungle who are confronting the military operations of the official army and who are conmemorating today comrade Manuel’s death.
This afternoon, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP will hold a private meeting in memory of their leader.
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