Camilo Torres (What is he recognised for? (Influencing the Liberation…
What is he recognised for?
To defend those who are subject to social injustice or victim to the misuse of power, as it follows Jesus' teachings
Being a martyr of the National Liberation Army (ELN) - a Marxist guerrilla warfare group
Sparking a revolution against the oligarchy
There had been conflict within the political parties of Columbia
Life at glace
Born in Bogotá, Columbia - 1929
Died in Santander, aged 36 - 1966
Joined the ELN in 1965
His social and political views
Thought that it was wrong for some to have great wealth whilst others were in great poverty
He blamed this on the social structure of Columbia
Believed that one is only Catholic if they fight for those in need
"The duty of every Catholic is to be a revolutionary; the duty of every revolutionary is to make the revolution; the Catholic who is not a revolutionary is living in mortal sin"
- Camilo Torres Restrepo
Wanted the oligarchy to distribute their power amongst the working class
What was his role in society?
He began as a catholic priest
Left to join the guerrilla warfare
He taught at the National University of Columbia