The Colombian authorities discovered a plan to attack the leader of the FARC party, Rodrigo Londoño, ordered by a dissent of the former peace negotiator of the former guerrilla Luciano Marín, aka “Iván Márquez”, and Hernán Darío Velásquez, alias “The Paisa.”
The police commander, General Óscar Atehortúa, said Sunday in a press conference that members of that institution killed yesterday on a road that communicates to the departments of Valle del Cauca and Quindío, in the Coffee Axis, to two dissidents who were going to carry out the attack on Londoño, known as “Timochenko”.
“The two people are known as alias ‘Guambi’ (Carlos Andrés Ricaurte Rodríguez), and alias ‘Conejo’ or ‘Kaleth’ (Gerson Moisés Morales Torres),” said the official and added that the confrontation occurred near a farm where I found Londoño, between the municipalities of Alcalá (Valle del Cauca) and Filandia (Quindío).
“Iván Márquez” and “El Paisa” are part of the twenty ex-guerrilla ex-bosses who announced the resumption of weapons last August 29, among which are also Seuxis Paucias Hernández, alias “Jesús Santrich”; Henry Castellanos, alias “Romagna”; José Manuel Sierra, alias “Aldinever”, and José Vicente Lesmes, alias “Walter Mendoza”.
In that sense, General Atehortúa assured that the two dead dissidents “had received direct military instruction by Iván Márquez and El Paisa, specifically in the Venezuelan zone for the execution of this terrorist act.”
The dissidents, the police commander explained, “would have knowledge of the security devices that Londoño had at that time, knew their routines and the temporary displacements that they were going to make in this sector of the country.”
He also said that the two dissidents killed were part of the dreaded mobile column Teófilo Forero, which he directed “El Paisa” and which operated in the south of the country.
The Teófilo Forero, one of the most bloodthirsty columns of the FARC, is credited with attacks such as the murder on December 29, 2000 of Congressman Diego Turbay Cote, his mother and five others in an ambush on a road in the southern department of Caquetá .
He was also responsible for the kidnapping in April 2002 of 12 deputies from the Valle del Cauca department, 11 of whom were killed in captivity five years later.
Faced with what happened, the Common Revolutionary Force (FARC) party, which emerged from the demobilization of the guerrillas, said it had no “confirmation” of the plan to attack Londoño, who will be responsible for giving “any pronouncement on the matter” .
VIOLENCE AGAINST EXGUERRILLEROS
The UN released a report last December 31 in which it said that 2019 was “the most violent year” for former FARC guerrillas who accepted the peace agreement, since 77 demobilized were killed during that period.
The most recent case occurred on January 2, when the demobilized Benjamin Banguera Rosales was murdered in the troubled department of Cauca (southwest) and became the first of this year.
The document also notes that since the signing of the peace, in November 2016, the Office in Colombia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights “has verified 303 murders of human rights defenders and social leaders, 86 of which (including 12 women) occurred in 2019 “.
The Colombian president, Iván Duque, said last Wednesday that one of the priorities of his Government is to combat the dissent of the FARC and other armed groups that are behind the murders of indigenous people, former FARC guerrillas, social leaders and defenders of human rights.
“We were able to show the country that there is a clear commitment of ours to confront those criminal gangs that are behind those murders and intimidations,” said Duque.