Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #567) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #567)
Transcript: apparatus of coercion at its disposal. Right from the beginning the Cuban revolutionaries could look forward to the support of substantial sections of the very force the enemy relied upon to suppress the revolution.
We drew attention to the fact that the common feature of the armed struggles in Algeria, Cyprus, Israel and Vietnam was that they were essentially anti colonial struggles in which the indigeneous people had fought or were fighting against an imperialist power whose armed forces came from overseas and who fought under unfamiliar conditions. Any attempt to draw lessons from the experience of the revolutionary movement in Algeria was bound to miss the point if it lost sight of the important fact that within two years of the beginning of guerilla warfare there a regular force was created which operated from adjacent Morocco and Tunisia and which took away a lot of pressure on the internal forces. We also felt that the Chinese Revolution took place in conditions which differed fundamentally from our economically, politically and socially, that the terrain was far more favourable than ours and that the Long March posed lessons for us which we could never ignore. At the time of our discussion the struggle in South Vietnam was being waged with massive assistance from North Vietnam and in geographical conditions which differed fundamentally from ours.
In comparison to revolutions in the above countries ours would be fought in an advanced country with modern industries and a network of modern communications which would enable the enemy to reach any part of the country at short notice. We were dealing not with a metropolitan power but
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