15 March, 2010
VHeadline News Editor Patrick J. O’Donoghue reports: The next e-mail I will be getting from my compatriot Patrick Mac Manus will be from jail … he has just been sentenced to 6 months prison by a Danish judge for collecting and donating money to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Funnily enough, the court admitted that it couldn’t prove conclusively whether US$9,242 collected for the FARC and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) reached the groups. It was enough to show that Mac Manus’ group “Rebellion” tried to transfer the token sum of solidarity.
Imprisoned colleague Patrick Mac Manus
65-year old Patrick Mac Manus had been indicted in 2007 but because of a severe bouts of illness, the trial had been postponed.
MacManus and his group say they are determined to fight the Danish anti-terrorist law passed shortly after 9/11.
Seven members of a group that collected money for the FARC through the sale of T-shirts and other activities were put on trial last year … the money collected was destined for a FARC radio station and an PFLP printing office.
During the trial, Irishman Mac Manus — who has lived and worked in Denmark for many years — denied the charges and declaring it was all political satire to provoke a national debate on the anti-terror law. Solidarity with FARC will continue, a defiant Mac Manus stated, in reply to the prison sentence.
The Danish State will receive a greater challenge from a trade union group that collected money and sent it to the FARC and an association of WW2 Danish resistance fighters against the Nazis.
Patrick Mac Manus has written about Venezuela, defending the government of President Chavez, and contesting the spin coming from the Colombian government as a result of the dodgy “Raul Reyes laptops.” Like many others, he considers the FARC to be a belligerent force that has been fighting a corrupt and murderous state for more than 40 years. It might be on the defensive after suffering some serious defeats, but it is still at war.
The Colombian government has declared itself at war with the FARC and ELN and seeks a military victory with the aid of the United States of America … NO amount of imprisonment or repression in Fortress Europe will change that fact.
Patrick Mac Manus is paying the price for rebellion against the anti-terror law
Who is next?
Patrick J. O’Donoghue