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“Get rid of this stigmatization that has us as terrorists.”
Over 200 demobilized guerrillas have been killed since the 2016 Peace Accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) as a multitude of other illegal armed groups spread and grow. In October, the new FARC political party led a pilgrimage for life and peace across the country to demand that the Peace Accords be implemented and the violence stop.
Until peacekeeping actors and Washington security “experts” can come to this realization and put adequate pressure on the Colombian government for developing meaningful, state-centered reform to mitigate poverty and inequality, peace will not be attained.
On Tuesday, the rural community of Santa Lucía in northern Colombia held a ceremony to grieve the death of another ex-combatant.
When journalists called to ask him what this decision meant for him and thousands of other ex-combatants, Gonzalo Beltrán said he would remain on the side of peace. “We continue in the struggle, we continue to work,” he said he told reporters.
President Iván Duque will present the information his government has collected to the UN General Assembly this month.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — The top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Thursday that he and a cadre of hardline supporters are taking up arms again, accusing President Iván Duque of failing to uphold the accord that sought to end a half century of bloody fighting.
Under Iván Duque’s leadership, the government’s progress on fulfilling its commitments to peace has slowed to nearly a standstill.
The decision prompted the resignation of Attorney General Néstor Humberto Martínez, who protested the tribunal’s decision as an affront to the rule of law.
The kidnap apparently took place last week, either on Wednesday or Thursday, allegedly before the three journalists that the group had in its power were killed.
The arrest was for allegedly conspiring to traffic cocaine and was ordered after a New York grand jury handed down an indictment on Jesús Santrich and three other co-conspirators.
The end of this 53-year-old war conflict was unthinkable five years ago. But it is real now.
The Guardian has been granted rare access to the FARC, whose ranks have shrunk to small number of hardliners skeptical of the most recent attempts at peace.
As protests grip Colombia, old wounds of structural racism have resurfaced through the criminalization of Indigenous and Black communities.
“People are on the streets because they realize what is happening, what is killing them right in their faces,” Marco explains.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — A rebel leader who abandoned the 2016 peace accord with Colombia’s government and had been at large for three years was killed by Colombian troops in Venezuela, his new armed group said Tuesday.
Until we all access these basic rights, la protesta y la lucha no deben de parar.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — For a week, people from all over the world have looked on in horror as the Colombian government’s crackdown on a national strike has been unforgiving. Different organizations have different tallies, but they all indicate tragedy.
Data from Temblores ONG, an organization that has been receiving reports directly from citizens, says that as of May 5, 37 people have died due to police violence.