At the Transitional Point “Silverio Mora” located in the Choco department –in which there has been a dramatic paramilitary increase- there has been inconveniences due to paramilitary death squads presence for which the following statement is made on part of the FARC-EP command of the region:
The Directive Command of the Transitional Point “Silverio Mora” reports that on May 15, one day before a departure to the Jiguamiandó river to develop a peace pedagogy activity programmed with the local communities, the local Monitoring and Verification Mechanism transmitted a note from Lieutenant Luis Alfredo Justacaro Chon -head of Security and Protection of DIPRO-UNIPEP [Colombian Police specialized for protection in the whereabouts of Transitional Points and Zones]- for the Transitional Point of Caracolí.
This letter informs us that, according to the concept of this unit, there are no conditions to accompany us for that workday due to an event occurred “in previous days in which the Pavarandó police substation was attacked and current intelligence reports by SIPOL-UNIPEP alert on the entering of the Clan del Golfo [paramilitary group], with approximately 100 armed men who pretend to carry out different terrorist actions against the public force”.
This affirmation of the unit in charge of our protection relates that there are no conditions in this region to develop peace pedagogy, which is something that constitutes a serious retreat to the peace process.
Why hasn’t the State done anything about it if it knows about the presence of this paramilitary group in this and other departmental basins? Why do navy and army units in the sector never see them? Until when are the State structures going to prevent us from interacting with the local communities as much as they can and under any pretext?
We demand the intervention of the public force to protect the community populations of Chocó and Bajo Atrato from paramilitary pressure, and for the public force to fulfill their role within the agreements, guaranteeing the mobility to carry out in all municipalities and communities the programmed peace pedagogy, under the understanding that this is fundamental to consolidate the peace process.
Directive Command or the Transitional Point Silverio Mora