Candidate of the Workers, the Farmers, the Indians, and the Soldiers
Ricardo Paredes is the only candidate that will stop the War that approaches.
They are going to carry out elections for the President of the Republic in conditions in which the hunger in the town increases every day; while the most savage exploitation reigns in the fields, crushing the farmers, Indians, and blacks; while capitalists and chiefs want to leave the crisis on the backs of the workers, lowering salaries, casting unemployment on the workers, robbing lands, crops and livestock, ENDEAVOURING TO DRAG US TO WAR in defense of their interest and of their masters, the imperialists Americans and English, to whom they have sold the country.
All the chiefs and bourgeois parties try to carry one of them to power. They want to make these elections a new threat, placing in their command a more exploitative, that takes our work to fill their pockets and those of the imperialists.
Of all the capitalists and chiefs’ fights for power, the workers only receive more hunger, misery and more rapid preparation for the war.
If the exploitative parties dispute the command, being ready to assault it for all the media, inclusive by that of the coup d’etats that all prepare furiously to take out the best benefit of the masses, to rob us more, to crush the revolutionary discontent of the masses by force and terror when it is evident that their demagogic promises are corrupt deceptions.
All the exploitative candidates are that: starving the town, leaders of the reaction and the terror, preparers for war.
VELASCO IBARRA, who supports the bourgeois Congress that just threw out Martínez Mera for clambering one of the gangs’ power; to whom also supports the Conservative Party, the party of the chiefs and capitalists of the mountains, whose interests fundamentally defend this candidate, tied with the imperialist English, wants with their demagogy to deceive the workers, causing them to believe that their government will be of bread and liberty and that it will govern with all the parties. Velasco Ibarra knows that his government will not give anything to the people, but lies to deceive us. He was one of those that supported the massacre of November 15, 1922; he is the one that, until now, had hatred for the martyrs of that day because he knew that it was the flag of the fight of the exploited. He was one of those that supported Bonifaz since the Consultative Government of the Chancellery and since Congress wanted to carry us to war, to killing, he supported Colombia. He did not offer anything for the workers in their program, no increase in salaries, nothing for the unemployed, their offers for the rural worker’s division of land could not be realized because it would be to attack the large estate owners that support him; he did not touch the imperialist businesses; in the end, he is an exploitative that will give only hunger and misery.
COLON ELOY ALFARO, the candidate of the chiefs and costal capitalist Americans employed for many years, itself a more determined agent and to whom these they support, treats also the rise to power. Alfaro in the Republican Presidency signifies major concessions to the American imperialists, signifies the immediate surrender of the Rio Guayas a la Grace, the entrance to the United Fruit of the coastal terrain. The loans that will make them pay delivered to the imperialists masters, Galápagos, the Aduanas, the tobacco shops, etc., flattened the hardworking people, and implanted the bloody dictatorship of the army bosses. ALFARO IS THE WAR IN A SHORTER TERM; he is the killing of millions and millions of Ecuadorian workers in defense of the Americans’ interests.
CARLOS ZAMBRANO, socialist boss nominated for the bourgeois Left with the support of the bosses of the Socialist Party, uses the most refined weapons in order to deceive the people. In his program, he talks of giving the people the uncultured lands. That signifies giving the land of the east where one cannot live, maintaining the property of the great large estate owners that have monopolized the lands, industrialization established, without touching the capitalist property, that is to say, maintaining the exploitation that the workers suffer. Otherwise, there is nothing concrete in favor of the people. He speaks about the advantages of collective work without saying in what form they are going to create the conditions for this work. HE SAYS THAT THE ARMY IS CALLED TO DEFEND THE NATIONAL INTEGRITY, THAT IS TO SAY, THE WAR IS OPENLY PREACHED. He talks of breaking gangs and rings, but he does not establish the pace of power for the workers, farmers, and Indians, etc. That is the only way of solving the crisis in favor of the people. In a word, the exploitation of chiefs, capitalists, and imperialists remains.
Set against these candidates, the Communist Party’s candidate raises himself, the only candidate that really guarantees the workers the attainment of a better life and more liberty, the doctor RICARDO PAREDES.
Paredes is known by all the Ecuadorian masses as a sincere revolutionary, as a self-denying defender of the interests of the exploited, even at risk of his own life. Paredes is known by the indigenous masses for his intervention in the grandiose movement of the Indigenous Congress of Cayambe; Paredes is considered by the rural masses as a leader of the revolutionary movement; Paredes is wanted by the masses of black laborers of Esmeraldas, to the ones that has defended against the exploitation; in the end, the name Paredes is in all the country a symbol of the fight of the workers, farmers, Indians, and blacks against the chiefs and capitalists.
HIS PROGRAM IS THE PROGRAM OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY, he will give to the Presidency:
1--- Free delivery of the land to poor and middle class farmers, removing it from the great landlords without any indemnity, without touching the plots of the small owners.
2---Refund of all the lands robbed from the indigenous communities, removing it from the chiefs that now possess them.
3---Suppression of all the debts and taxes that weigh on farmers.
4---Expulsion from the country of all the imperialists, suppressing the concessions and confiscating the businesses.
5--- Free rights for Indians and blacks to organize themselves in their own Workers and Farmers Republics, to form their own armies to defend their lands.
6---Worker control of production, giving them all types of improvements, increasing salaries, seven hour work days, monthly vacations with full salary, equal salary for equal work for men, women, and children, disability and life insurance, etc.
7---Subsidies for the unemployed paid by their bosses and the state.
8---An immediate drop in prices for food, clothes, medicine, rent, etc.
9---Salary deduction for the army high chiefs, increasing those of soldiers and police, giving them all levels of privilege inside and outside of the barracks, to think, to organize themselves, etc.
10---Extend political liberty for the workers (freedom of press, public demonstration, strike, etc.)
11--- Cessation of all the maneuvers in order to cause intervention in the war in Ecuador.
FOR ABOVE ALL THIS, AS A WAY OF FIGHTING FOR THIS PROGRAM TO CARRY OUT THE DELIVERY OF ALL THE POWER AT THE ADVICE OF THE WORKERS, FARMERS, INDIANS, BLACKS, AND SOLDIERS, ORGANIZED IN ALL THE PLACES OF WORK, ESTABLISHING THE WORKING AND RURAL GOVERNMENT. THE ONE CAPABLE OF GIVING BREAD, WORK, LAND, AND LIBERTY TO THE PEOPLE!
BUT, IN ORDER FOR THIS PROGRAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL IT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY ACTION OF THE MASSES, BEING RAISED UP BY AND FOR THEIR MORE EXPERIENCED CLAIMS, REVOLUTIONARILY FIGHTING TO OBTAIN THESE. COMBATTING THE EXPLOITATION, CARRYING OUT THE WORKING GOVERNMENT AND FARMER’S REVOLUTIONARY PATH. THE STRENGTH OF THE COMMUNIST CANDIDATE’S PROGRAM IS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY SUPPORT THAT THE MASSES GIVE HIM WITH THEIR FIGHTS.
The Communist Party and their candidate DR. RICARDO PAREDES offer this to the people!
Voting for him we vote to improve our lives!
All, workers, farmers, Indians, soldiers, exploitatives in general, we support the candidate of the working and farmer’s government, DR. RICARDO PAREDES! NOT A VOTE FOR THE BOURGEOSIS CANDIDATES! ALL THE VOTES FOR THE COMMUNIST CANDIDATE
Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ecuador
Source: "Ricardo Paredes, Candidato del Partido Comunista," Imprenta La Económica, , Private Collection of Leonardo J. Muñoz.