OLIVER DODD reports on the National Liberation Army’s general strike backed up with guns FOR 72 hours in February, transport and industry across Colombia was severely impaired as militants lent the weight of their weapons to anti-neoliberal protesters. Causing massive damage to capitalist accumulation, uniquely, the ELN’s aim was to persuade Colombia’s government and dominant… Read More Amid intensifying state repression, Colombia’s ELN imposes an ‘armed strike’
Embedded researcher OLIVER DODD, who lived among the armed guerilla forces of the ELN, explains their origins, theory and practice Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) is Latin America’s oldest insurgent movement. When founded in 1964, the ELN was, strategically and tactically speaking, inspired by the Cuban Revolution, which proved that a determined and well-organised political-military… Read More Why Latin America’s oldest insurgent communist army is growing
SINCE 2017, Colombia’s government and the left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) have been publicly engaged in peace talks to end 54 years of armed conflict. But following the inauguration of right-wing president Ivan Duque in August 2018, a man who vowed to end peace talks during his presidential campaign, Colombia’s new government has since canceled… Read More Why has Colombia’s government ended peace talks with Marxist rebels ELN?
Near the Colombian border in Ecuador, in 2010, I spoke with a former FARC guerrilla who was forcefully relieved of his duties after a military aircraft took one of his legs away. Like the overwhelming majority of Campesinos I have met, and although he was categorised as a ‘terrorist’ by some governments, I was received… Read More Meeting FARC Insurgents