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Monday, April 19, 2021

Former FARC Members March in Colombian Capital over Murders

Nearly 2,000 former FARC guerrilla members rallied in the Colombian capital Bogota on Monday morning to protest the murder of 236 ex-combatants since the signing of the 2016 peace agreement between the Marxist terrorist group and the Colombian government.

Nearly 2,000 former FARC guerrilla members rallied in the Colombian capital Bogota on Monday morning to protest the murder of 236 ex-combatants since the signing of the 2016 peace agreement between the Marxist terrorist group and the Colombian government.

“We are mobilizing to demand respect for our lives and also for compliance with the peace agreement,” FARC Senator Victoria Sandino told Blu Radio, faced with what she called a “genocide against the signatories” of the 2016 peace deal that ended a half-century of armed conflict.

“We are asking the president to meet with us so that we can talk about the challenges facing the Colombian state in guaranteeing the safety of its citizens,” FARC party leader Pastor Alape also told the Colombian radio station.

According to the FARC, 236 signatories of the peace deal have been killed since it was signed. “There is a state responsibility in these crimes,” Alape said, pointing out that the killings have been motivated by “intolerance in the speeches of government officials, and the president of the republic himself.”

The government of President Ivan Duque says drug-trafficking organizations are behind most of the killings, as they fight a turf war over the production and export of cocaine through Central America to the United States.

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