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FARC on killings of six former guerrillas at San José de Tapaje

The Political Direction of the Territorial Space for Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) “Aldemar Galán” Policarpa – Nariño” denounced, in a communique, the killing of six former FARC-EP guerrillas, namely:
    •    José Miller Estupiñan Toloza (Alexis Estupiñan)
    •    Carlos Sinisterra (Kevin González)
    •    Edinson Martínez Ordoñez (Carlos “Pescadito” Perea)
    •    Duber Alberto Obando Vallecilla (Junior Velasquez)
    •    José Alfredo García Estupiñan (Bruno Suarez)
    •    Johan (his full name has not been established yet)
According to the communique and based on the information compiled by the ETCR, the six former guerrillas would “have been murdered by a gang led by Robinson Alirio Cuero Obando (Álvaro Galán) y Eliecer García Estupiñan (Marcos Arteaga) among others”.

The communique reports that such a gang had on many occasions been denounced for similar attacks and hostile actions against communities and people working for the establishment of peace with social justice”.

The Political Direction of the ETCR underlines that “such gangs cannot be called ’dissidents’ [of the FARC], as mainstream media quickly and slightly labelled them. If they were indeed dissidents they would be offering a political and ideological struggle - albeit mistaken. Instead they are acting with ruthless violence, not against a State or government but against those who literally are their brothers of blood and community, seeking particular economic benefits”.

Thus, the communique asks a number of questions that need urgent answer: “Who, in the power circles of the State and government, are behind such actions? Who is interested in promote and allow physical elimination of people who have a longstanding tradition of dignified and honourable popular struggle? How can we explain the fact that no one is acting against these gangs despite knowing the names of their leaders and members?”

The communique also reaffirm that the ETCR had “denounced to the Mechanism of Monitoring and Verification the danger and real risk of possible attacks since the time the ETCR was still Temporary Zone of Normalisation.

No measures had been taken and we arrived to the massacre carried out on 15 October. Paraphrasing Gabriel Garcia Marquez - read the statement - we could say what happened in Isupi, San José de Tapaje, Narino, was a tragedy waiting to happen”.

The Political Direction of the ETCR demands “a prompt action by the Government o counter these events and act to prevent them from happening.

Likewise we demand the full implementation of the Havana Agreements so to ensure a real social development”.

Published in FARC-EP
Sechs ehemalige Kämpfer der FARC sind in der südlichen kolumbianischen Provinz getötet worden. Damit kommt die Provinz nach einem von staatlichen Sicherheitskräften verübten Massaker an Bauern und Morden an Anführern sozialer Bewegungen weiterhin nicht zur Ruhe.

I think the Peace Agreement signed in Havana with the Government is not just a good Agreement rooted on the existing situation and realities, it is also a correct political decision taken by our organization.

Published in Peace Process
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:31

La campagna Simon Libertad

L’ex prigioniera politica Liliany Obando racconta che la Campagna Internazionale Simon Libertad è “una campagna a lungo termine, aperta a tutte le persone e organizzazioni.

Published in Processo di pace
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:49

Colombia, è ora di alzarsi!

La selezione colombiana alla fine si è qualificata al campionato mondiale di calcio del 2018 in Russia.

Published in Processo di pace
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:24

We cannot afford it. Let's get up Colombia

The Colombian national team finally qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Published in Gabriel-Angel
Auch wenn der Frieden nur schleppend umgesetzt wird und vor allem die Regierung ihrerseits Maßnahmen und Projekte zur Umsetzung des vereinbarten Friedensabkommens vermissen lässt, so laufen immer mehr, vor allem landwirtschaftliche Projekte, in den Zonen der Ausbildung und Wiedereingliederung der FARC an.

Press Release published by the National Political Council of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force on the massacre of Tumaco.

Published in Peace Process

I sottoscritti, membri di organizzazioni colombiane e internazionali, condannano il massacro di agricoltori e lavoratori cocaleros, avvenuto nel Consiglio comunitario Mira Frontera a Tumaco Nariño, lo scorso 5 ottobre.

Published in Processo di pace
Friday, 13 October 2017 14:13

FARC officially registered at the NEC

We publish the speech delivered by Ivan Marquez (National Political Council member) following the registration of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force at the Colombian Electoral Committee.

Published in Peace Process
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