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Lucas Carvajal is a guerrilla combatant from the Block Alfonso Cano and currently member of the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP 
 
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

about football supporters and social struggle

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The Agrarian and Popular National Strike in Colombia counted on an unexpected ally. In the main cities of the country, groups of young football supporters, the barristas, displayed enormous flags of solidarity with the strike, and joined on a massive scale the marches and cacerolazos, accompanied by members of trade unions, students and social movements, always singing canticles and yelling slogans of rebellion.

Since the early nineties of the XX Century, groups of supporters in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali began the process of shaping an own Colombian style of supporting, mixing elements of the European ultras, tifosi and hooligans, Brazilian torcidas and, in particular, of the tradition of Argentinian and Chilean barras bravas. The result was barrismo, the local way of being a football fanatic.

From its origins, barrismo has an important political component. Groups like Putería Roja (supporters of Independiente Medellín) or Revolución Vinotinto (of Deportes Tolima) counted with antifascist and social activists in its lines. In any case, a violent anti-police attitude (manifested in regular confrontation with cops and authorities) and a rebel culture are typical in any group, accompanied -obviously- with the well-known criminalization of its members by the State forces. Every supporters group has a long list of killed or imprisoned members.

Close to the 20th anniversary of the emergence of barrismo, the multiplication of its social manifestations, and the growing politicization of its expressions, we can glimpse a future full of social struggles with massive participation of the football rebels of Colombia. 

 

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