We have received your photos and messages. Your posters and gestures of support bring smiles to our faces at a time when the justice department is trying to send us to jail. The messages we have received from friends in the Southern Cone and all the way to Europe have given us strength and resolve.
On Thursday, 22 July 2015, while our legal counsel were pointing out the many inconsistencies in the government’s case, we were able to share with them some of the many images of international solidarity that we received in the last two weeks. They smiled when they saw Claudia Korol at the July 14 demonstration in front of the Colombian embassy in Buenos Aires, which was organized and attended by a large coalition of Argentinean organizations and groups of Colombians living abroad. They squinted at the banners and posters held high at a July 20 demonstration at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, trying to decipher the messages they contained. That event brought together members of the Congress of the Peoples, the Patriotic March, and many other Colombian and international supporters. We shared in their joy when we received some wonderful photos from Düsseldorf; we even noticed some eyes shedding a tear of joy at the dozens of solidarity photos coming in from every corner of Colombia and from around the world: from London, Denmark, Chile, Venezuela, Spain, and other points of the globe. “Freedom,” “no more frame-ups,” “strength,” “reading is not a crime”: these were some of the messages we heard over and over.
And those messages of support keep coming! And we will make sure every one of them gets to our detained friends – of that you can be certain.
Many, many thanks to all the people, organizations, and collectives around the world who are standing in solidarity with us. On with the struggle!
All our best, from the International Commission of the Congress of the Peoples
A message to our international supporters, and to the Colombian diaspora, from the 13 detainees:
Some of us might have shed tears, but we all felt a twinge of melancholy when we saw hundreds of our brothers and sisters around the world expressing their indignation at our detention.
We are young workers, students, journalists, feminists, and above all revolutionaries in the service of our people. We stand by our commitment come what may, knowing that our aspirations to freedom cannot be contained within the walls of a prison.
We have received your photos and letters; your posters and gestures of support brought smiles to our faces at a time when the justice department is trying to send us to jail. The messages we received from friends in the Southern Cone and all the way to Europe have given us strength and resolve.
We embrace the solidarity shown by the international chapters of the Congress of the Peoples and we salute the struggle of the Network of Brotherhood and Solidarity with Colombia.
To our sisters and brothers of the Patriotic March who are keeping an unending fight against the stigmatization of their leaders: we know that collectives, study groups, associations, and others are all keeping a close watch on this difficult situation. Thank you!
We are filled with gratitude for the gestures of unity and support that we have received from all around the world.
We promise you, our comrades in struggle, that we will not give up. We will continue to read, for reading makes us dangerous to the powers that be. We will keep on making history and building PEOPLE’S POWER for the Americas.
With undying commitment, love, and dignity,