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Post by blindpig » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:01 pm

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Around 630 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 February 2020 (8 hours 21 minutes ago)

The FARC party expressed concern about the absence of security guarantees, "reflected in the systematic continuity of killing social leaders and former guerrilla fighters."


Another former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was murdered Sunday in Colombia, in spite of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) party's repeated calls demanding the government to guarantee the safety of former combatants who are now in process of reintegration into civilian life.

Daniel Jimenez was murdered on Sunday night in the southern town of Puerto Guzman, Contagio Radio station reported, and "his body was transported to the town of Curillo, in the [southern] province of Caqueta." Armed men allegedly attacked Jimenez, killing him after firing repeatedly.

In a context of persistent violence, the FARC party recently expressed concern about the absence of security guarantees, "reflected in the systematic continuity of killing social leaders and former guerrilla fighters from the former FARC-EP faction."

More than three years after the Peace Agreement between the Colombian State and the former FARC-EP was signed, the party insisted on the need to fully implement what was agreed upon.

The head of the United Nations Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu added that one of the main challenges of the implementation of the peace process was security.

So far this year, 46 social leaders and 10 ex-FARC members have been killed, and according to a report from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), around 630 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, after the signing of the peace agreement in November 2016.

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It was not a 'peace treaty', it was capitulation. FARC threw itself upon the 'mercy' of the ruling class, how they could not foresee these results is beyond my understanding.
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Post by blindpig » Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:29 pm

Another Social Leader Killed in Columbia, 54 so Far in 2020


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Jorge Macana was a promoter of the substitution of the coca leaf crops program and the sacha inchi palm oil project. | Photo: Social Media

Published 8 March 2020 (15 hours 2 minutes ago)

As the systematic killing of social leaders in Colombia continues, Macana’s death marks the 54th in 2020.

The tally of killed social leaders in Colombia continues to add up with impunity, as a local leader was murdered Saturday in the southern department of Cauca, according to authorities and media reports.

Jorge Macana was a promoter of the substitution of the coca leaf crops program and the sacha inchi palm oil project. He was also one of the promoters of the construction of a rural road that would connect the population of Playa Rica with the main roads.

According to preliminary reports, the former leader was shot several times in his house, succumbing to his wounds. The local community, out of respect for the memory of the victim and his family, decided to close down all public shops and establishments this weekend.

As the systematic killing of social leaders in Colombia continues, Macana’s death marks the 54th in 2020.

According to a report from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), around 630 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, after the signing of the peace agreement in November 2016.

“Colombia is the country with the highest rate of assassinations for human rights defenders,” United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst warned in his report presented last week.

The international organization's representative, who visited the South American nation in the late months of 2018 after a governmental invitation, highlighted the impunity on social leaders' assassinations and the lack of administrative preventive measures against the crimes.

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Post by blindpig » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:01 pm

Columbia: Two More Indigenous Leaders Murdered Amid Quarantine

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Relatives of indigenous leaders during their wake, Colombia, March, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Alejacandanga

Published 24 March 2020

IThe National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) Tuesday denounced that two Embera indigenous people, Omar Guasiruma and Ernesto Guasiruma, were killed and two more were wounded in the Naranjal township in the Cauca Valley.

"The two murdered Indigenous leaders and the two wounded belong to the same family and were at home following the quarantine order," the ONIC tweeted.

The Kankuamo leader Luis Kankui indicated that the attack against the Guasiruma family occurred on Monday night. So far no further details are known about the criminal attack.

Despite the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian state and the then-Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the social leaders' situation continues to be precarious.

According to human rights defenders, authorities make little effort to identify, arrest, and imprison members of the "Gulf Clan" paramilitaries and other far-right groups.


"Many indigenous people have survived for more than 500 years throughout America. Today they continue to be attacked, stripped, and many even killed. It seems that nobody wants to see that living holocaust. Here comes the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor."

On March 20, over 100 Indigenous and rural organizations called for a two-week ceasefire in the country's most conflictive areas​​​​​​.

“Our communities live in territories where violence persists in various forms. We call upon you, combatants of all forces, to protect your own lives and the lives of we, the civilians," said the Indigenous leaders from the Choco, Meta, Putumayo, and Cauca Valley departments.

The social organizations also asked the Colombian government to consider the cessation of hostilities as one of the necessary measures to curb the Covid-19 spread

"We call on you as the main commander of the Armed Forces and National Police to protect the lives of the official combatants and the lives of civilians in our territories with a cessation of hostilities,” they added in a letter addressed to President Ivan Duque.​​​​​​​

"We make this call... based on the WHO declaration of Covid-19 pandemic, which is already causing irreparable loss of human life."

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Post by blindpig » Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:22 pm

Colombia: FARC Denounces Persecution of Ex-Guerrillas

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A person holds the flag of the Political Party FARC, during a demonstration in Bogota, Colombia, March, 2020. | Photo: @WRadioColombia

Published 14 April 2020

Since 2016, more than 190 demobilized members of the former armed group have been killed.

In Colombia, the persecution of former combatants of the ex-guerrilla group FARC-EP persists, even though they are returning to normal life, The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force political party said on Monday.

In Argelia municipality, Cauca department, "an armed group of 100 people is searching house-to-house for former FARC-EP reincorporates," the political movement said on its Twitter account.

"The army is half an hour away from the place, but it has been standing idly by," they adde.

The political party, derived from the extinct FARC-EP, alerted the national and international community that the government of President Ivan Duque is primarily responsible for the killings.

"For the past 5 hours in Algeria #Cauca an armed group of 100 people has been searching house-to-house for reincorporated former FARC-EP. The Colombian Army is half an hour away and has not been present. We alert the national and international community."

Colombian Inspector General Fernando Carrillo urged the government to "guarantee the protection and integrity of former combatants.

The Office of the Representative in Colombia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also called for "immediate protection" for the demobilized.

Also, it requested protection for "the communities that are suffering from the violent control of armed groups in the area."

Since the signing of the peace agreement in November 2016, more than 190 demobilized members of the former armed group have been killed.

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Post by blindpig » Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:47 pm

Hunger Protests Grow in Colombia Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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More than five millions in Colombia depend on the informal economy and survive without monthly fixed incomes. | Photo: EFE

Published 22 April 2020

“We look like skinny cows, we no longer have breath to walk. We are dying not from the virus but from hunger," a protester told Efe.

Dozens of people protested Wednesday in front of the local mayor’s office in Bogota, Colombia, to demand that authorities urgently deliver the promised aid to the most vulnerable, as hunger protests are increasing across the country.

Protesters said the authorities are not living up to the promises they made regarding health and nutrition in the neighborhood, one of the most populous and poorest of the capital.

"The mayor (of Bogota, Claudia Lopez) announced yesterday that she delivered 50 percent of the aid, but when we talk to the people, none of them has received anything nor those who received something were registered," social leader in the neighborhood, Angel Mendez, told Efe.

The lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic has uncovered the hidden problem of hunger in the South American nation where millions of people are more than ever unable to access food, which has led to lootings and agitations in various parts of the country.

Poor people in Colombia are finding themselves unable to comply with the stay-at-home measure in force since March 25, continuing to look for their daily bread in the streets as they used to do to feed their families before the outbreak.

More than five million depend on the informal economy and survive without monthly fixed incomes. Their unique source of survival has gradually disappeared because of the compulsory quarantine, as most of them cannot work from home.

“We look like skinny cows, we no longer have the breath to walk. We are dying not from the virus but from hunger. We have not seen anything of what they promised us, we are suffering hunger,” Sandra Patricia Hurtado, a resident of Ciudad Bolivar, told Efe.

The situation of Hurtado is the one that thousands of Colombians live daily, asking for help from the windows of their homes where they hung a piece of red cloth in desperation.

For millions across the country, the situation turned into a matter of life and death, forcing them to go door-to-door to ask for food in wealthy neighborhoods.

As of Wednesday, Colombia has registered 4,356 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 206 deaths.

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Colombia: Not Even the Pandemic Halts Killing of Social Leaders

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Protest against the assassination of social leaders, Colombia, 2019. | Photo: Twitter/ @InfoNodal

Published 18 April 2020

Colombia’s National Agrarian Coordinator (CNA) denounced that social leader Teodomiro Sotelo was assassinated on Friday while working on his farm in the El Tambo municipality.

"Armed individuals entered his property to murder him in front of his family and workers," local outlet El Colombiano reported and recalled that several farmers are migrating out of the area to avoid being new victims of violence.

This is, for instance, the case of five Afrorenacer Community Council members and 15 people from the Betania, Honduras, and San Juan areas.

They have been threatened by armed groups operating in their territory, as the Cauca Valley Network in Defense of Life and Human Rights denounced.

The harassment of farmers is framed in the dispute for control of the territory among groups linked to coca cultivation and drug trafficking.​​
Los líderes sociales pueden contar con el apoyo de la embajada en cualquier época, también durante el coronavirus. Vean y escuchen las preocupaciones del líder caucano Héctor Carabalí. pic.twitter.com/Y6LYBXkU3x

— Alemania en Colombia (@EmbAlemaniaCOL) April 18, 2020
"Social leaders can count on the embassy's support at any time, also during the coronavirus. See and hear the concerns of the Cauca leader Hector Carabali."

"They're killing those who oppose them or denounce violent actions... What we experience here is very cruel. We are trapped by quarantine and violent people,” a southwestern Cauca resident explained.

The social leader Sotelo worked on the Territorial Council's board of directors and was part of a committee set up to build a highway.

He was also a member of the Development Board that is to hold talks with the government of President Ivan Duque to find alternatives to the problems of the region.

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Post by blindpig » Sat May 09, 2020 2:25 pm

"The secret folders": a new plot of military espionage in Colombia is revealed

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May 9 · 6 min read


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Lawyers in Colombia demand disciplinary and judicial sanctions against officers of the Colombian army. Picture: Between Review

It is not the first time that a pot has been uncovered about the excessive and illegal espionage by the Colombian authorities on part of the population.
In 2014, Semana magazine published an investigation into the espionage process carried out by the US intelligence agencies and high command of the Colombian army in the peace negotiations in Havana, in order not only to obtain advantageous information but also to thwart the cause. of conciliation and peace.
A more recent example, in March of this year, the Colombian army itself, through its Twitter account, created a monitoring list , called “Opposition”, which included politicians, journalists, organizations, parties and the media in Colombia and a Venezuelan environment: Mission Truth .
After Colombian journalists included in that virtual list complained about it, contesting why, it was eliminated by the authorities.
More recently, on May 1, the same Semana magazine revealed the plot of " The Secret Folders ."
In general terms, it is, again, a computer surveillance operation carried out by the Colombian Army between 2019 and 2020, with General Nicacio Martínez as the head of the institution. Such investigation has a compilation from multiple sources, which includes anonymous interviews, documents, reports and "profiles" of at least 130 people from different unions and nationalities, including politicians, journalists and trade unionists.
The controversy
Among the spies are some American journalists who worked in Colombia. The most notorious case was that of the New York Times (NYT) journalist , Nicholas Casey, who in May 2019 published an investigation into extrajudicial executions, better known as the "false positives", by the Colombian military to obtain benefits for number of casualties.
These murders were against civilians, among them the most destitute rural population in the country, who were disguised in guerrilla uniforms to increase the list of casualties due to war, a typical policy of the administration of today's senator and head of the Democratic Center party, Álvaro Uribe Velez.
Those newspaper articles about "false positives" were the excuse to start collecting Casey's personal data, in addition to a permanent follow-up to his daily routine, contacts, family and more, there were intimidating actions towards the journalist. So much so, that the Congressmen of the Democratic Center themselves identified Casey as a "protector" of terrorism and a defamer of Colombian institutions.
Later, in May of last year, Casey left Colombia amid an atmosphere of anger and contradictions. Although the risk in which he was involved after these accusations from the uribista clan was notorious, the publication of his article " Images contradict the United States' claim that Nicolás Maduro burned the aid convoy ", in relation to the events surrounding the failed entry of "humanitarian aid" by the mercenary groups of Juan Guaidó into Venezuela (a rarity on the part of Casey and the NYT), he was able to add to this environment of threats.
Then, at the time, US Senator Patrick Leahy, through his Twitter account , called on the Duque government to "immediately demand proof of the unsubstantiated accusation of a Colombian senator against a journalist from the New York Times " .
More than a complaint to an accusation without evidence, Leahy intercedes simply because Colombia, as a good satellite, must stay in the lane of American interests. That Colombians publicly criticize an American, undermining the legitimacy of a corporate environment that often reverberates as an unofficial spokesman for Washington's foreign policy? No way .

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Computer surveillance of journalists and politicians goes beyond military intelligence work under Colombian law. Image: Week

Due to the uncovering of the pot on computer espionage, Leahy expressed his intention in a threatening tone to Semana to review the US military financial assistance to Colombia, because those resources, that is, the taxpayers' money, are not supposed to be counterproductive Americans, and also, according to him, " should never be used for illegal activities ."
The Colombian magazine, through an anonymous source, explains that some of those Colombian soldiers took a large part of that money and, in parallel, made rigged reports in order to carry out a kind of accountability to the Americans.
In addition to this, the espionage was also done at home. Colombian journalists also have their "profile".
The most famous case in this espionage condemnation was that of the renowned Colombian journalist María Alejandra Villamizar, with a long history in different media and a prolonged participation in the process of conversations for peace in Colombia.
More than 12 pages collected with personal, family information, your phone contacts, material goods and more. Upon learning of this, Villamizar raised a series of questions in Noticias Caracol : Who ordered these follow-ups and who was this information for?
This Saturday, May 2, Iván Duque's lukewarm response was immediate: of course, he assumed a position of rejection of these monitoring practices, since a large package of "aid" to Colombia approved by the Congress of States is at stake. United for this year of about 448 million dollars .
Duque is left to answer the questions raised last week in a public letter by the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), backed by more than a hundred journalists on the case of "the secret folders." To date, they are still waiting.
Computer paramilitarism is outlined
From a legal point of view, Colombian experts in constitutional matters in his country explain how serious this espionage scandal is. Here we point out some keys in this regard by Jorge Enrique Ibañez , a specialist in Colombian constitutional law:
There are limits to strategic intelligence, defined within the framework of respect for Human Rights and in the prevention of external or internal threats that may affect national security. In this stalking operation, there were no limits on the methodology for selecting profiles and gathering information, incurring harassment and persecution.
Those who enjoy constitutional protection cannot be a target for espionage, and this is the case of foreign journalists as correspondents; Casey's case was paradoxical both because of his nationality and because of his publication, as he fell into a state of extreme risk due to the accusations of uribismo.
Journalists and lawyers have the right to protect their source of information, that is, they cannot be targeted by intelligence agencies, contrary to what the "secret folders" reveal.
In the profiles prepared by these espionage groups, they show an inadequate characterization of the information, violating the private sphere of people outside the environment. In fact, everything that can be collected from sources is valid, however, the use of this information must be responsible.
The custom of military espionage in Colombia is more than evident, to the dissident press above all and beyond the national and foreign corporate media, thanks to the reinforcement of these practices in the Uribe government, and now, with the government of Iván Duque , indicated as the maximum person in charge in the scandal.
In fact, the “José Alvear Restrepo” Lawyers' Collective demanded that the Colombian army officers responsible for the computer espionage plot be disciplined and judicially sanctioned.

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Most of the spies were journalists, politicians, and trade unionists. Image: Week

It is a fresh example how Uribe, during his presidential term, used the Administrative Security Department (DAS) with the support of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) to intercept calls, harass and illegally follow journalists, magistrates, opposing political figures to uribismo, and even to UN rapporteurs , thus distorting the purpose of intelligence in favor of the narco-paramilitary policy of the leaders of today's Democratic Center.
As an extremely dangerous déjá vú , this practice indicates another ominous chapter of the computer paramilitarism that was reactivated, evidently, in the political disaster that pivots President Iván Duque, with Álvaro Uribe Vélez in the shadows.
It would be interesting for some diligent Colombian or American journalist to do an important journalistic exercise about the current "Operation Gideon" in which there was joint participation by the DEA, the anti-drug agency, and the Duque government in Colombia. Could they investigate this without being watched and, furthermore, intimidated?

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Post by blindpig » Wed May 13, 2020 1:22 pm

Colombian Navy boats in Venezuela expose Iván Duque's participation in the failed coup
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May 11 · 5 min read

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Iván Duque and Juan Guaidó at an "antiterrorist" summit in Colombia earlier this year. Photo: Archive

The three combat boats with the emblem of the Colombian Navy seized by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), in the Chorro El Mono sector, Río Orinoco, Cedeño municipality of Bolívar state, come to confirm the participation of the Iván Duque government in the plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro.
These seizures that are carried out in the framework of the Bolivarian Shield operation, occur just days after a group of mercenaries tried to carry out an invasion by sea through the coasts of the states La Guaira and Aragua , central region of Venezuela, whose purpose was to assassinate the President and other leaders of the Venezuelan State.
The terrorist raid called "Operation Gideon", which ended with the subsequent arrests of mercenaries in Carayaca , La Guaira , La Colonia Tovar , among other areas surrounding the Venezuelan capital, started from La Guajira, Colombia.
This operation, in which US mercenaries hired by the Silvercorp firm participated, from its planning and execution, was dismantled thanks to the activation of "Operation Black First" in conjunction with popular power.
Although since March, Clíver Alcalá Cordones tried to disassociate Nariño from the plans in progress, arguing that he had only briefed the authorities of that country on the plans "to liberate the country" with "Operation Gideon", it is suspicious that the Colombian government did not know about these plans beforehand, if the history of frustrated attacks against Venezuela prepared from its territory is taken into account.
This confession was made by the former Venezuelan military man after the Colombian police seized an arsenal of weapons and military equipment destined to carry out attacks in Venezuela at the end of March .

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Weapons that would be used for an armed incursion along the border by Clíver Alcalá are captured by the Colombian Police. Photo: Ground Zero

To add further evidence of the connection between Nariño, these “Boston Whaler model boats, each with two Evinrude brand 175 HP engines, equipped with .50 mm and M60 caliber machine guns and their respective ammunition”, appear after the failure of “ Operation Gideon ”.
Nariño's “explanation”
According to the FANB statement, the military vessels were located in the early hours of this Saturday, May 9. Being already a public and undeniable fact, the afternoon of that same day the Colombian Navy issued a statement that does not clear up many doubts about the appearance of the boats in Venezuelan territory.
According to the document of the New Granada military component, the artillery boats that were unmanned at the time "were swept away by the current at dawn today."
Taking this unprecedented explanation to be true, it is difficult to think that the three boats were “dragged” together and uninterruptedly by a river to the place where they were found.

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Gun boats of the Colombian Navy in Colombian territory. Photo: The Momentum

The most confusing part of this "clarification" is the "preliminary version" where the Navy details that the sentry in charge of guarding the boats observes how they are dragged by the river, without having the opportunity to recover them.
Given this, the statement states, "the mechanisms to recover the boats were activated" but the proximity to Venezuelan territory "prevented the Colombian Units from searching and rescuing them."
After the explanation of the Colombian Navy, it is not clear what he means by which the facts "are the subject of investigation." It should be aimed at determining the responsibility for safeguarding the boats and how they appear in a municipality in Bolívar state, southern Venezuela.
Colombia as a base of operations for attacks against Venezuela
Taking into account the latest events, in which an armed incursion to assassinate President Maduro and other leaders was dismantled, the boats of the Colombian Navy cannot be thought of as an isolated event.
Especially if it takes into account the unusual explanation of the Colombian Navy and the implications of the Iván Duque administration in the war against Venezuela.
In recent years, Colombia has served as a base of operations for all the attacks that have been planned against President Nicolás Maduro.
The attack with drones loaded with explosives in August 2018, the forced attempt to bring in "humanitarian aid" with materials to generate chaos and violence after a concert on the border on February 22, and "Operation Gadeón" are just some of the events planned in Colombian territory.

Likewise, the different paramilitary incursions in the border states; the extraction and legalization of Venezuelan fuel; and the political and terrorist protection requested by the justice of this country are events that have been carried out under the protection and complicit gaze of the Colombian authorities.
Since Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself president of Venezuela, the Iván Duque government has been one of his closest allies, to the point of turning his country into a kind of aircraft carrier for all the maneuvers that the United States has promoted in order to overthrow Maduro.
The combination of official elements and organized crime that have materialized at times such as the custody of Guaidó by Los Rastrojos when entering Colombia through a trail, the protection of drug traffickers linked to the terrorist plans in Venezuela and being the largest producer of cocaine in the world, they account for a state that is projected as a criminal enterprise.
How can we not assume that Duque and his administration could be directly linked to the plans to assassinate the Venezuelan president?

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Post by blindpig » Thu May 21, 2020 1:38 pm

Colombian Government Admitted its Involvement in Failed Mercenary Operation in Venezuela – Investigating Leakers and Not the Criminals

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May 20, 2020
The government of Colombian President Iván Duque, after denying his involvement in the unsuccessful maritime incursion on May 3 in Venezuelan territory, now announces that it is investigating internal security agencies that could have collaborated leaking intelligence to Venezuela on this act against Venezuela.

“Mechanisms within the security forces will be intensified to identify any possible action by public or uniformed servants that may be related … that put national sovereignty or the Colombian constitutional and democratic order at risk (…) and will take disciplinary measures,” said the Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, in a dialogue held Tuesday with local radio station Caracol Radio.

Caracas has denounced the attempted mercenary attack, dismantled by the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) of Venezuela, by sea originating from Colombia and with mercenaries trained in Colombia and planned by the US President, Donald Trump, with the complicity of Duque, to assassinate the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro.



After the statements of the Colombian Defense Minister, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, through a statement published on Wednesday in his twitter account, emphasized that “this is how Colombia confesses that its Security Forces did participate in the operation mercenary against Venezuela, financed by drug trafficking. As the operation was unveiled, they then decide to pursue those who gave the information to prevent a bloodbath.”
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So in Colombia they are not launching an investigation on the training of mercenaries to attack Venezuela but on those leaking information to Venezuelan intelligence...they do not understand that Colombia is full of Chavistas...Colombia's elite is at war against Venezuela... https://twitter.com/NoticiasCaracol/sta ... 0399180808
On May 13, Venezuela signed a missive to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with evidence of the involvement of the Duque Government in the recent attack organized and financed by Washington. The United States has long sought to overthrow the Maduro government and, to achieve this end, uses various methods, such as draconian sanctions, attempted coup d’état and the threat of military intervention.

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Post by blindpig » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:28 pm

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US Puts Up Rewards for Colombia FARC Leaders

June 26, 2020 orinocotribune Colombia, DEA, FARC-EP, Ivan Marquez, Jesús Santrich, President Maduro, regime change, US Imperialism, us military aggression, Venezuela
The United States on Thursday offered rewards of up to $10 million for the capture of two dissidents from Colombia’s former FARC rebels who announced a return to arms.

The State Department said it would offer $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of either Ivan Marquez or Jesus Santrich.

In 2016 the Colombian government reached a peace agreement to end decades of fighting with the leftist guerrillas that left nine million people dead, missing or displaced.

But Marquez, who was FARC’s number two and chief negotiator, said in August that he was taking up arms and joined fugitive colleague Jesus Santrich after months of the systematic killing of social leaders and demobilized former guerrilla members.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement accused the pair of involvement in drug trafficking and renewed allegations that they are supported by Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, whom Washington is trying to overthrow.

Timothy Shea, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said that the FARC holdouts had partnered with “Venezuelan elites” and profited off of selling narcotics. But he say nothing about their countless operatives in Colombia allegedly fighting against drug trafficking while the number of drugs in US and European markets increase every year.

“DEA and our partners are committed to dismantling narco-terrorist organizations such as the FARC, and the corrupt political regimes that support them,” Shea said.

Santrich went underground last year after the United States sought his extradition and Marquez already faced a $5 million US bounty, which was hiked Thursday.

While most FARC rebels disarmed under the deal, Colombian authorities say that around 2,300 dissidents remain active. On Wednesday, the Colombian army said that six of its soldiers died in a clash with breakaway rebels.

“This announcement should be connected with the US operation being set up in Colombia, with the arrival of new US military special forces, and the arrival of military warships and planes to the island of Curacao just in front of Venezuela, with the only goal of overthrowing the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro under the disguise of the war on drugs. US ‘free media’ have propagandized for weeks that these Colombian leaders are hidden in Caracas. We will give the gringos hell if they dare to enter Venezuela,” a Chavista activist said to OT.

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US Special Forces, Mercenaries Terrorize Colombia and Venezuela
June 26, 2020 orinocotribune Colombia, SFAB, US Imperialism, us military aggression, Venezuela
By Scott Scheffer – Jun 25, 2020

At a press conference in January 2019, then-White House National Security Advisor John Bolton made sure a notepad that had the words “5,000 U.S. troops to Colombia” scrawled on it was visible for photographers. Pretending it was inadvertent, he signalled a threat to Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro. Three weeks ago, a brigade of specially trained U.S. troops began arriving in Colombia.

The troops are positioned in Bogotá and to the north of the state of Santander, close to the border with Venezuela. The brigade is part of a U.S. Department of Defense plan to send relatively small groups of specially trained U.S. troops and “advisers” along with significant numbers of U.S. contracted mercenaries, called Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs.) They hope to gain an edge in war zones where the imperialist military has been mired down and unable to defeat the people’s resistance. All under the command of U.S. Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson, similar brigades have previously been sent to Afghanistan and to Africa. This is the first in Latin America.

Their mission is touted by Trump and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper as “an enhanced counternarcotics mission.” For two decades the U.S. has used coca production and cocaine trafficking as an excuse to keep troops in Colombia and to supply the Colombian military with billions of dollars and advanced military equipment.

The cover story couldn’t possibly be more hypocritical. The U.S. is the world’s largest cocaine market, and U.S. spy groups have been implicated in numerous drug trafficking scandals to finance other illegal operations ever since the 1950-1953 Korean War. The real mission of the SFAB being organized now is part of the overall U.S. plan: to defeat the armed revolutionary struggle in Colombia — the most enduring in Latin America — and to strengthen the Colombian military for an invasion of Venezuela. They aim to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro and destroy the Bolivarian revolutionary process that has lifted millions of Venezuelan people out of poverty.

The top brass in the U.S. and in the Colombian military don’t do all that much to conceal the true mission. The scam indictment of President Maduro and other leaders in Venezuela was handed down by a U.S. court in April. The indictment draws a phony link between Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution and the drug trade.

That was meant to strengthen the imperialist narrative that the U.S. is fighting against drug traffickers. It’s easy enough to find more candid language about the true mission.



In the May 28 issue of Army Times: “U.S. officials have blamed Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro for failing to clamp down on militant groups and allowing their activities to continue unchallenged.” They blame President Maduro for the Colombian revolutionary movement that precedes the Venezuelan revolutionary process by decades. Then, there is the May 2020 issue of Business Insider: “Experts believe the move is actually meant to keep an eye on neighboring Venezuela, where the U.S. has attempted to oust current president Nicholás Maduro.”

A long series of Colombian administrations have kept the Colombian military in the orbit of U.S. imperialism: harassing, trying to politically isolate and serving as a launching pad for violent attempts to end the revolutionary process in Venezuela on behalf of Washington. Just last month, 60 mercenaries that had set off from Colombia in boats with a plan to kidnap President Maduro were captured and arrested. One of their leaders, Jordan Goudreau, had met with Trump and with Secretary of State Pompeo. That was denied by the White House, of course.

The attempted coup was easily defeated by the Venezuelan military and by a local group of fishers who were armed. The mercenaries were arrested as they landed along the north coast of Venezuela. But there were additional mercenaries already in Venezuela, waiting for the invading armed unit with arms and vehicles. Over the ensuing weeks, the Bolivarian forces captured them all.



Previous to that, in the summer of 2019, President Maduro revealed that they had foiled another coup attempt that the Colombia government, Israel and the government of Chile were all backing. John Bolton was named as one of the co-conspirators and was more than likely the driving force. Venezuela operatives had infiltrated their planning meetings and had learned that their plans included the assassination of President Maduro.

Colombian people don’t benefit in the least from their government’s collaboration with the U.S. empire. As COVID-19 has spread through cities and the countryside in Colombia, the poor hang red cloth out their windows as a signal to ask for food donations, or go door to door to ask for food. The government claims it has distributed food that is supposed to alleviate hunger during the pandemic, yet hundreds of thousands are desperately hungry.

By contrast, Venezuela has canceled rent payments and credit card payments, ordered that telecommunications could not be cut off, has banned layoffs and has taken other measures in the face of the pandemic. This is on top of the tremendous achievements in housing, medical care, literacy and other areas since the late President Hugo Chávez wrenched Venezuela from the grip of U.S. imperialism and empowered the Indigenous, Afro-Venezuelans and the poor.

U.S. troops and weapons out of Colombia!

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Venezuela Denounces Vandalism of Its Consulate in Bogota

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Furniture destroyed at the Venezuelan Consulate in Bogota, Colombia, July 27, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @jaarreaza

Published 28 July 2020

Minister Arreaza blames Colombia’s government for the incident in which the diplomatic mission was completely looted and trashed.


Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Tuesday denounced that crooks broke into his country’s consulate in Bogota looting and vandalizing it.

"The compound of the Venezuelan consulate in Bogota was completely looted and trashed," Arreaza tweeted, stressing that "the Colombian state must respond."

The diplomat blamed Colombia’s government for the incident, pointing out that it left the diplomatic mission unprotected, in violation of international conventions.

"The Colombian government commits a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by allowing, by action or omission, the illegal occupation of our consular headquarters in Bogota," he added.


As stated in the Article 45 of the Vienna Convention, even if two States broke off diplomatic relations, or if a mission is permanently or temporarily recalled, “the receiving State must, even in case of armed conflict, respect and protect the premises of the mission, together with its property and archives.”

In response, "Venezuela reserves the right to carry out reciprocal diplomatic actions to compensate for this unacceptable aggression,” Arreaza said.

Early 2019, Bogota formally recognized opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, spiking tensions with Caracas.

Diplomatic relations between these two countries are severed since February 2019, when President Nicolas Maduro cut off ties over unauthorized U.S.-sponsored aid deliveries from Colombian territory.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/ven ... -0001.html

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Columbia: Another Social Leader Killed in Corinto Municipality

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Social and farmer leader.Jose Gustavo Arcila Rivera. | Photo: Twitter/ @obeimar78

Published 27 July 2020 (11 hours 17 minutes ago)

Under a similar modus operandi, an armed group took Indigenous leader Fabian Ipia Quiguanas from his home and shot him to death.


Colombia's National Federation of Agricultural Unions (Fensuagro) denounced Sunday the assassination of Jose Gustavo Arcila Rivera, a social and farmer leader.

"The events took place at around 6 a.m. this Sunday when our friend was in his plot, located in the village of La Cominera. A man arrived at the place and attacked him with a firearm and then fled," Fensuagro stated.

Inhabitants transported Arcila to the municipality hospital, where he died due to the severity of his wounds. Corinto police briefed who Arcila did not report death threats against him to authorities.

Colombia's Peace and Justice Commission also stressed social leaders' assassins majority remain unpunished.


Local social leaders also denounced other three other murders during the weekend. On Saturday night, a group of armed and unidentified men took two Miranda locals to a side of the road, where they shot them.

Under a similar modus operandi, an armed group took Indigenous people leader Fabian Ipia Quiguanas from his home and shot him to death.

According to Colombia's Institute for Peace development (Indepaz), over 970 social, farmers and indigenous leaders have been killed since the Peace Agreements signing in 2016. Over 95 of them were murdered during the quarantine due to the pandemic.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/col ... -0024.html

And that's not counting FARC members & associates. If uprisings in the US continue we'll see such blatant barbarism here too, they are like wild beasts when frightened.
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