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Communiqués published by the Peace Delegation, the Central High Command and the National Secretariat of the FARC-EP
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

FARC: Why we temporarily suspend our electoral campaign

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The successive attacks carried out against the electoral campaign of the People’s Alternative Revolutionary Force - FARC, in the departments of Quindío, Caquetá and Valle del Cauca, which registered the first wounded and injured, including two minors, in addition to material damage to vehicles and a union headquarters, show the existence of a coordinated plan, aimed at preventing the political participation of a legally constituted party, after the Peace Agreement that ended an armed conflict of more than half a century. A conflict that originated, precisely, from intolerance and political exclusion, mixed with party violence.

Furthermore we have to add the threats, accusations and photos taken at the homes of FARC militants, while messages on social networks inciting violence abound, as well as images in which those responsible of these criminal acts can be clearly identified. Among them are some regional leaders of the Democratic Center party, as well as well-known professional provocateurs such as Mr. Gustavo Muñoz, all in the midst of a surprising impunity.

The right to protest cannot be used as an argument to justify facts and behaviour, classified as crimes in the Colombian criminal code. For this reason, we will go with all the evidence available, before the courts to ask that those responsible for these events are punished.

We must also add that on February 6 in the village of Puerto Guamo in the municipality of Montecristo in the department of Bolivar, at 11 o'clock at night, Kevin Andrés Lugo Jaramillo, who was known as Julian Morales, was murdered. Julian Morales was a member of the FARC: apparently he has been murdered by guerrillas from the Guillermo Ariza Front of the National Liberation Army, ELN.

While we express our solidarity to his family and friends, we demand that the National Government make effective the guarantees for the political exercise of the People’s Alternative Revolutionary Force, on equal terms with the other parties and movements participating to the ongoing electoral contest.

We also express our voice of solidarity with the parties and candidates that have suffered some type of obstruction or threat in the development of their campaign, which we reject vehemently. Colombia cannot become an electorally failed state, because of the enemies of peace.

For the time being, we have decided to suspend our campaign activities, until we are given sufficient guarantees.

We call on all parties and political movements, without exception, to pronounce themselves rejecting this type of provocation and we invite them to meet in a summit to agree on rules of fair play, for the current electoral campaign, where arguments, ideas and proposals prevail over verbal aggression and physical violence.

We call all our militancy, friends and supporters not to get carried away by the provocations, to keep calm and concentrate on the development of internal meetings that allow us to strengthen the programmatic proposals that we are presenting for the country's consideration.

To the guarantors of the Peace Agreement, to the Second Mission of the United Nations, and to the entire international community, we ask for your support so that the political reincorporation of those who until recently were up in arms, because of the intolerance and exclusion that has characterized the Colombian political system, can be fulfilled.

To the entire nation, the reiteration of our commitment to the consolidation of peace with social justice, full democracy and sovereignty.

National Political Council
People’s Alternative Revolutionary Party-FARC

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