The FARC mourns the death of Hugo Chavez
March 6, 2013
The Colombian FARC guerrillas gave farewell to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who died Tuesday in Caracas, ensuring that he occupies “a place of honor in the history of his country”, while he called on Venezuelans to “continue with the Bolivarian revolution.”
Statement of the FARC central command on its Web www.farc-ep.co.: “Hugo Chavez already occupies a place of honor in the history of Venezuela, next to Simon Bolivar and Ezequiel Zamora, pointing the way to independence , democracy and justice for their country, Latin America, the Caribbean and all the oppressed peoples of the world.”
The guerrillas, to which Chavez brokered several times against the government of Colombia, spoke about the death of Chavez to mark the “fear that causes us so fatal news” and expressed its solidarity with the people of Venezuela, its authorities and family.
“From the mountains of Colombia accompany and encourage you to go ahead and up the victory with beautiful Bolivarian revolution,” they said.
Chavez brokered the first release of FARC hostages, in 2008, and for the installation in 2012 of a peace dialogue between the guerrillas and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos.
The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, communists) are the oldest guerrilla group in Latin America, with 48 years of armed struggle and some 8,000 fighters today.