NLF; National Liberation Fronts: 1960/1970

By Robert Shanab Elias Abu; Donald C. Hodges | Go to book overview

CHAPTER FIVE
Principles and Program* National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN)
The National Liberation Army has arisen from the need of the Colombian people for a belligerent and aware armed force capable, through a frontal attack on its enemies, of seizing power and setting up a social system conformable to the development and progress of the country, which will free the masses from the exploitation to which they have been subjected throughout their history.A serious study of the Colombian situation has led us to the conclusion that neither American imperialism nor the oligarchy which supports it in our country will allow the masses to take power peacefully. As a result, they will be forced to undertake a long and bloody war which will be used to try to crush forever the people's struggle and aspirations for freedom, work, democracy, and justice.Faced with this situation caused by the aggression and greed of national and foreign exploiters, our people see the need to organize in reply to official aggression, to take the initiative, and to start a revolutionary offensive by means of a people's war against the exploiters, using the armed struggle and all the other forms of popular struggle in every field in order to seize power from the ruling classes and to set up a popular and democratic government of national liberation.The ELN struggles for the full realization in our country of the following basic program:
1. The seizure of power by the people and the formation of a popular and democratic government to liberate our country from international monopolies and the local oligarchy, guarantee full social equality for our people, grant full democratic liberties to the popular sectors, concede to women their legal rights, free the crea-
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Mimeographed document dated January, 1965, translated by Donald C. Hodges .

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