A Partial Victory – The Struggle Continues!
By Josh Sykes
I’m writing to you all to thank you for your support, to tell you some good news, and to say that we are not finished yet.
My profile has been reinstated by facebook. We are still waiting to hear about the other two administrators, Angela Denio and Tom Burke.
However, facebook is not yet willing to budge on the Free Ricardo Palmera group.
Here is their letter to me:
After reviewing your situation, we have determined that your group violated our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. One of Facebook’s main priorities is the comfort and safety of our users. We do not allow credible threats to harm others, support for violent organizations, or exceedingly graphic content. Your violation of Facebook’s standards has resulted in the permanent loss of your group. We will not be able to reactivate this group for any reason. This decision is final.
Your account has been reactivated and you should be able to access it now. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you have any further questions, please visit our Help Center at the following address:
Thanks for contacting Facebook,
The Free Ricardo Palmera group, of course, never sought to “incite violence.” On the contrary, the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera stands for an end to the U.S. war in Colombia and seeks justice and human rights. We demand the release of a political prisoner, a peace negotiator with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), Ricardo Palmera, a freedom fighter who is being held in Colorado’s supermax prison in a gross violation of Colombian sovereignty.
Ricardo Palmera has fought all his life for peace, first as an organizer for the Patriotic Union (UP), a peaceful, leftists electoral coaltion. But when the UP made some gains, the Colombian Military and their death squads assassinated 4,000 of their activists and elected officials in cold blood, leaving Palmera with no choice but to go to the mountains and join the guerrilla. It was in his capacity as a peace negotiator, meeting with a UN official in Ecuador, that he was arrested and extradited to the United States.
We should be glad that facebook has seen at least part of their mistake. But why delete the Free Ricardo Palmera group when there are plenty of groups supporting the Colombian Military (Ejército Nacional de Colombia). Isn’t the Colombian Military, working hand in glove with death squads, so much more violent? And yet there are scores of groups that support the Colombian Military.
Lets redouble our efforts. Continue to call Mark Zuckerberg at (650) 543-4800 and demand the reinstatement of the accounts of the other two admins until it has been confirmed that they are reinstated. Continue to demand that facebook reverse its censorship of the Free Ricardo Palmera group!
Email facebook at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to invite your friends to this group and share widely the many articles and the video denouncing the censorship:
Please stay tuned for more updates, and thanks again for your support.
La Lucha Continua!