March 5, 2021

FARC denounces the murder of another demobilized in northwestern Colombia

The FARC political party denounced this Saturday the murder of another demobilized person in the department of Antioquia (northwest), with what are now 22 ex-combatants killed this year.

According to the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC), Rigoberto García was shot on Friday by unknown persons in the Mandé hamlet, which is part of the Urrao municipality.

The party assured on social networks that the “enemies of peace are advancing freely despite the confinement” and recalled that García leaves two daughters.

The Urrao Police commander, Captain Andrés Felipe Viuche, told reporters that the demobilized man was shot by unknown men who arrived at the ex-guerrilla’s home.

According to local media, García was a leader of the FARC’s 34th Front and one of the perpetrators of the massacre in Bojayá, in the department of Chocó, on the border with Panama.

The Bojayá massacre occurred on May 2, 2002 when a bomb dropped by the FARC, during a combat with paramilitaries for territorial control, fell on the church where part of the town had taken refuge and killed at least 79 people, although other figures speak of 119 deceased and dozens injured.

He was also accused of having carried out recruitments and other bloody attacks in Antioquia and Chocó.

The FARC has denounced that since the signing of the peace agreement in November 2016, nearly 200 demobilized members of the former guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been assassinated.

Due to this situation, they ask the Colombian President Iván Duque’s government for more security for the demobilized and to accelerate the implementation of the peace agreement.

On Tuesday, the UN warned that the coronavirus, which leaves 3,439 infections and 153 deaths in the country, is already having an impact on the implementation of peace in Colombia and urged all parties to continue working to prevent it from being “a victim of this pandemic. ”


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