2 thoughts on “Colombian political prisoner freed

  1. THE EXCEPTIONAL news from Colombia at the weekend that workers’ leader Huber Ballesteros has been released after over three years behind bars as a political prisoner is a landmark in the journey towards peace.

    Before being banged up by Colombian government goons, Ballesteros was a leader of the Patriotic March — a socialist movement demanding peace — and agricultural workers’ union Fensuagro.

    The two struggles are deeply linked, with the Colombian state using the insurgency as an excuse for bloody crackdowns on workers. It is obvious why: organised peasant farmers pose a serious threat to the wealthy landowners who dominated Colombia. A lasting peace can only be achieved with serious economic and political changes, as Ballesteros wrote in these pages 18 months ago. His release from jail is a moment to celebrate and to recommit ourselves to solidarity with the Colombian people in their fight for justice.



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