A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”
It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against the army and the police and blame them for this state of thing.
Reminding me of the Castros and Guevara during the late 1950’s in Cuba, the Paraguayan People’s Army is a Marxist group in the jungles of Paraguay using guerrilla tactics to attack government officials in an outpost region.
The reason I’m recommending this article is twofold: First, the time for Marxist guerrilla groups has long past. There is no Soviet Union or powerful enough Communist Latin American nation to help Paraguay embark on a new radical left-wing agenda. They need to integrate themselves into the mainstream, republican political system.
Secondly, this article reports on how desperate the people of Paraguay ,an extremely poor nation, shrink the level of inequality in their homeland. The the chosen road of violence by the PPA is a symptom of corrupt officials and foreign ownership of large soybean plantations. The industry needs to be socialized.