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Re: Colombia

Post by blindpig » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:13 pm

Sector of the FARC-EP takes up arms before the betrayal of the Colombian State of Peace Agreements

The group denounced the continued murder of social leaders and forced displacement, major issues affecting Colombia. | Photo: Capture
Posted August 29 2019 (9 hours 9 minutes ago)

by Angel War
Through a statement, the leader of the insurgent group Iván Márquez, invoked the "universal right of peoples to rise in arms against oppression."

A sector of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - Army of the People ( FARC-EP ) group announced this Thursday the beginning of a new stage of struggle in response to the " betrayal of the Colombian State to the Peace Accords " signed in Havana in 2016 .

Through a statement the leader of the insurgent group, Iván Márquez, invoked the "universal right of peoples to rise in arms against oppression."

"Our strategic objective is the peace of Colombia with social justice ... that is our flag, the flag of peace," Márquez confirmed.

Among those who accompany him, you can see the leaders Jesús Santrich and Hernán Darío Velásquez, El Paisa , who find themselves open to the JEP.

The group denounced the continued murder of social leaders and demobilized ex-combatants , major problems affecting the South American country, as some of the causes for the return to the armed struggle.

The leader called for unity and peace in Colombia, and urged fighting corruption and impunity.

"We will not continue killing each other among class brothers so that a shameless oligarchy continues to manage our destiny and get richer and richer, at the cost of public poverty and war dividends," said Marquez. ... -0002.html

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I see no alternative to being slaughtered like sheep.


FARC urges compliance with justice and peace in Colombia

FARC called on the international community, the Government and the Attorney General's Office to investigate attacks against social leaders in Colombia. | Photo: Getty Images

Posted August 27, 2019

The Colombian political organization made a public appeal to the society of that nation not to detach itself from the precepts of peace and democracy.

The Common Revolutionary Alternative Force Party (FARC), reiterated its commitment to peace , social justice and respect for human rights in Colombia and its people, while urging the community to join forces to strengthen the process of peace on Colombian soil.

They kill another indigenous leader in the Colombian department of Cauca
"We reiterate that our social and political aspiration seeks to expand and qualify democracy as a pillar in the construction of Peace, an issue that requires the participation of the whole society and advance in the path of Peace with Social Justice and in the construction of Reconciliation and thus attend to the clamor of the common people for Peace, "said FARC.

In this sense, FARC urged society to lay democratic foundations for the construction of peace, a process that defined as a fundamental pillar for the reconciliation of citizenship.

From @PartidoFARC , we denounce and reject the events against Emiro Ropero. The mechanisms contemplated in the Peace Agreement must be activated, in order to guarantee protection, enjoyment of human rights and the right to make policy for the signatories of the agreement.

- Luis Alberto Albán Urbano (@AlbanFarc) August 26, 2019
These statements were offered in an official statement of the Colombian political party after a series of attacks against important members of this awning, events that shocked their leaders and resulted in this public appeal.

Likewise, FARC asked the Government of Colombia for guarantees to the lives of those who make up this political group, in addition to demanding the cessation of persecution and what they called stigmatization of its members.

"We demand from the National Government guarantees for life, cessation of persecution and stigmatization against the militants of our party; as well as, of the communities of the regions, of human rights defenders, leaders and social, environmental and popular leaders "says the statement.

Colombia is one of the countries in Latin America with the highest rate of kidnappings and murders against social leaders , indigenous people, peasants and human rights defenders, a fact that has set off the alarms of those who fight on Colombian soil for the peace process. ... -0013.html

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Re: Colombia

Post by blindpig » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:16 pm

Here a twitter thread concerning FARC's return to armed conflict:
Iván Márquez, Jesús Santrich and "El Paisa" have announced that part of the FARC return to arms.

We consult with the analyst @brunosgarzini on this subject:

What pushed these fighters to resume the armed conflict?

Follow Sgarzini's answers in this #MVthread

Bruno Sgarzini: The murder of 114 demobilized Farc members, the resurgence of the conflict by paramilitaries and the ELN in areas formerly occupied by the Farc, and the breach of many agreements such as the Agrarian, the peace jurisdiction and those of political participation.

BS: The reintegration of guerrillas has not been possible, they are constantly harassed by armed groups to enter their ranks or end up killed. The UN Security Council itself has long seen the murder of those who are demobilized as a danger to the peace process.

#MV: The rise of Duque deactivated the dialogues with the ELN. Is Duque's government inducing the extension of the conflict?

BS: Duque is part of a coalition between drug traffickers, landowners benefiting from displacement, businessmen and bankers who launder that same money.

BS: That coalition profits from war and in the scenario in conflict with the traditional oligarchy, it is expected for Duque to sponsor armed actors towards worsening the situation. This justifies its existence, using force to maintain political stability.

#MV: The failure from previous peace processes keep repeating. Is Colombia stuck in a continuos conflict loop?

BS: Yes, the conditions which started the conflict have worsen.
One of the most unequal nations in America with more displaced people than Syria, Iraq or Somalia.

BS: In addition, drug trafficking and smuggling which contribute to the conflict, have noticeably grown. If there’s no additional entity other than the State or those armed groups who use the population as human shields, the reasons to continue the armed conflict will never end.

#MV: Who wins and who loses in Colombian politics with this scenario?

BS: According to those groups who favor the Peace process, the pro-Uribe groups are those who benefit because they can justify political persecution against those who oppose the current Colombian regime.

BS: However, the reality is much more complex in my opinion, because the resurgence of the Farc can generate an armed pressure against the Colombian State, while articulating also with an institutional pressure.

#MV: What implications does this have for Venezuela in the short term?

BS: It definitely increases the possibilities that in the context of a war against the country, Colombian armed groups will come towards the Venezuelan territory with greater force.

BS: On the other hand, the Colombian Armed Forces will surely receive juicy financing from the US, which can increase its operational capacity and serve the 'Uribismo' to finance itself. But the greater the Colombian conflict becomes, the less capacity it will have to...

... participate in a multinational operation against Venezuela, as requested by US elements. Above all, this weighs on human related consequences: displacements and political exile of social and political leaders, persecuted by the Colombian State and paramilitary groups.

Thanks Bruno, any final thoughts?

Bruno Sgarzini: In the last one hundred years, Colombia has been ruled by the same families who never used the State to integrate the whole society. What happens today is a product of that, and the consequences are in sight.
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Re: Colombia

Post by blindpig » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:13 pm

FARC-EP appeal to the Colombian people of Caribe

Commanders of the reconstituted Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) have issued open letters to the peoples of various regions of Colombia to explain the decision to return to the armed struggle against the oligarch state and U.S. imperialism and appeal for support and united activity for a New Colombia. Below is one example, from Chalo and Jesús Santrich, directed to the peoples of the northern states bordering the Caribbean.
As long as there is a will to fight there will be hope of winning
Companeras y companeros, inhabitants of the Colombian Caribe, of sea breeze and mountain range, of plains and mountains, of ciengas and deserts, but above all with the spirit of optimism in the fight for the demands of the people for social justice, we send you our warm, fraternal embrace of hope in a New Colombia, which we will forge together sooner rather than later in an atmosphere of harmony and progress that benefits the majority who are today subjugated and impoverished.

Commander Jesús Santrich (center, wearing keffiyeh) with other FARC-EP
militants following the announcement of the resumption of armed struggle.

Almost 34 years have passed since the first commission of the FARC-EP made its arrival in the Colombian Caribe in the territories of the majestic Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. From then until today our movement has worked side by side with peasants, Indigenous people, Afro-Colombians, workers, and women, among other sectors organized to change the social, political and economic conditions of the region and the country. Our commitment to the Caribe and its struggles has always been of homeland or death.

In this arduous task great cadres sacrificed their lives. Today we honor the unforgettable pioneer builder of the Blouque Caribe Adan Izquierdo, Martin Caballero and the martyrs of the Montes de Maria, Comrade Efrain Guzman, genius of the Colombian insurrection, to Ciro and Canaguaro, to Susana, to Deysi and Dayana, to Estela and to all the guerrillas who sacrificed everything for a true peace with social justice.

Part of this effort materialized in the founding of the Patriotic Union in Pueblo Bello, which was followed by the fiercest attack, where the FARC-EP, as in Havana, did not spare human or material resources to honor the agreements. Our will for peace was always genuine and transparent.

Today the agreements signed in Havana have been betrayed, and the bloodbath that became known worldwide as the genocide of the Patriotic Union is being reproduced.

The struggle for the noble purposes of a New Colombia has never been easy; to all attempts to democratize the Colombian State through peace agreements, the counter-insurgent power bloc has responded with violence against the people. This logic has kept Colombia in continuous cycles of violence and dispossession, where the biggest victim has been the fabric of the people.

In Caribe, violence and dispossession have been carried out mainly by the large transnationals of mining-energy exploitation, agro-industry and cattle ranching, which have relied on the ruling class and its state and paramilitary armed apparatus to slaughter, disappear and displace thousands of Caribe workers, Indigenous people and peasants.

Today in La Guajira, perhaps the richest region in energy mining resources, the people continue to suffer from hunger and thirst and rise against corruption and against coal exploitation projects that threaten extensive territories of Canaverales, Fonesca and Dibulla, among others.

This corrupt leadership, allied with transnational capital that has fed on war, dispossession and super-exploitation of the people, has betrayed the dreams of peace of Colombians; they, who sowed winds of perfidy and mockery, will have to answer to the country for the betrayed peace, for the war they have fed and unleashed. They are the ones who have forced us by their failure to resume the armed struggle, with the sword of Bolivar, Manuel and all our martyrs, stating that the rebellion is not a defeated or vanquished flag.

This brief message carries the central purpose of ratifying, with our modest contribution from the coastal latitudes, the decision taken by veteran insurgent FARC-EP commanders to continue the armed resistance struggle, the political-military battle, in pursuit of the structural social transformations that will make our country a land for all the humble and hardworking people who, for decades, suffering the scourge of the exploiters, have called out to achieve reconciliation and march on a path of solidarity, respect and decorum.

That is the road forward, and to it we add to the militancy that continues to believe that, despite the pettiness and indolence of the oligarchy of this region struck by misery, gathering consciences and wills, knowing that there is no better way to achieve freedom than to fight for it, we can achieve the victory of the dispossessed.

To fight for this altruistic purpose we summon the courageous and bold people of every corner of this northern region, returning to the heritage and memory of our brave people martyred by the terrorism of the state that continues its criminal fury favoring the most powerful. To the communities of La Guajira, Sucre, Cesar, Magdalena, Bolivar and Cordoba; to our comrades of the ETCRs of La Pondores and Tierra Grata, we send our words of encouragement to continue the struggle for a good life and respect for community rights from the trench in which they are or decide to go; but we also summon them to give support to the demands of the guerrilla cause.

The undeniable betrayal to which the Havana Agreements were subjected is no secret to anyone, and that consequently the decision of the armed uprising is justified, whose fundamental purpose is none other than to persist in the search for a better future for our nation. So the decision made by the guerrilla collective that upholds the Bolivarian and Marulandist revolutionary flags and principles, is nothing other than the categorical imperative which sets before us the historical reality of a craven oligarchy that while aiming its rifles against its own people, kneels before its imperial masters.

We continue with our voices lifted, raising the slogans of true peace without more treachery, without more lies, without more hypocrisy ...; a peace that we will conquer, not alone, but side by side with the people, with their political and social organizations; in the course of the united movement of those who weave their utopias with faith in the homeland and in a better world.

Long live the memory of Martin Caballero!

With Bolivar, with Manuel, with the Power of the People!

Chalo and Jesús Santrich ... le-of.html
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Re: Colombia

Post by blindpig » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:55 pm

Three more murdered FARC members takes total figure to 142 since peace deal signed
9 Sep 2019

Three FARC former guerrillas were murdered and another badly injured in two separate attacks on Friday 6 September. All of the victims were active in the reincorporation process, having willingly disarmed under the terms of the 2016 peace agreement. However, the authorities had not granted them security measures despite the soaring levels of violence against the FARC.

At least 142 FARC members have now been assassinated since the agreement was signed in November 2016.

In Cúcuta, eastern Colombia, Milton Urrutia Mora and José Milton Peña Pineda were killed and Arsenio Maldonado badly injured in an attack at a hotel. Witnesses said a gunman opened fire before fleeing on a motorbike. All three victims were based at the Caño Indio reincorporation zone, one of 24 special camps based around the country where former guerrillas receive training and develop productive projects as they transition to civil society.

On the same day, 33-year-old Jackson Mena was murdered in Quibdó, the capital of western Colombia’s Chocó region. Jackson was a FARC former guerrilla who was socially and politically active in Quibdó’s poorer communities. The FARC said he had previously requested security measures due to threats against FARC members but these had not been granted.

Despite the violence being inflicted upon FARC members in the recincorporation process, the government has reduced security measures. Last week, it was revealed that the National Protection Unit, the state body charged with providing security to FARC members, trade unionists and social activists, had ordered FARC security details to return weapons. FARC party leader Rodrigo Londoño questioned the decision, asking why authorities had increased risks for former guerrillas.

The United Nations has expressed alarm over the violence against the FARC. In June, the UN’s Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Executions, Agnes Callamard, called on the Colombian government to ‘stop inciting violence’ against the FARC. It followed the army killing of unarmed FARC member Dimar Torres in April.

In August 2018, a delegation of the Justice for Colombia Peace Monitor visited Cúcuta, where Milton Urrutia Mora and José Milton Peña Pineda were killed, and the nearby Catatumbo region which has seen high levels of human rights violations, including several killings, committed by state security forces and armed groups. The delegation highlighted the lack of security for communities and former guerrillas in the region. Since then, however, the situation has deteriorated with more than 200 social activists killed nationwide in the past year. ... iGKzmUOuT4
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