Dear readers, tonight we are honoured to host a busy man, who nonetheless found the time to be with us. Please welcome President Almanzor to the interview couch!
Tell us about your childhood. What events helped shaped you to be who you are today?
That time seems so distant now, almost unreal. It was an ordinary childhood, I suppose. I cannot claim I lived in hardship: my parents were middle class, comfortably off. They were ambitious, and at first I was willing to follow the legal career they had mapped out for me. But there were a lot of poorer people in our neighbourhood, and I realised I could use my skills to help them. That was what set me on the long road that has brought me here, though I had no idea where it would lead at the time.
What first drew you to the revolution?
At first I was a campaigner rather than a revolutionary: I sought social change through protest and through the courts. But every faltering step towards progress was met by reactionary counter-measures, every demonstration by violent repression. I came to believe that peaceful means alone could not succeed. So I talked to the communists, and we all recognised that what we agreed on was more important than what we disagreed on. We became a broad church united in the goal of overthrowing the Velazco regime. Thus the Partido Socialista was born. Continue reading “President Carlos Almanzor (of Revolution Day by T. E. Taylor)”