Colombia Officials Warn of Dissident FARC Factions Morphing into Gangs

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El fiscal General denunció que las FARC estarían formando bandas criminales y criticó la baja presencia estatal (Wikimedia)
El fiscal General denunció que las FARC estarían formando bandas criminales y criticó la baja presencia estatal (Wikimedia)

EspañolDissident groups of FARC guerillas in Colombia that don’t agree with the government’s peace agreement have allegedly begun organizing gangs in the southwest department of Nariño, according to Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martínez.

Though many dissident groups were done away with by FARC itself, as well as by operations carried out by Colombian authorities, Martínez said it is worrying that there are groups that want to stay in the drug trafficking business.

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He urged officials to give stability to the agreement with FARC, and stressed that Naiño should be a place of special attention to authorities, as it has 18 percent of the country’s coca crops. Those crops have led to new violence by those struggling to take and maintain power in the area.

 

Martínez also said there are other places in Colombia in which similar events are taking place, such as Catatumbo, where violence has increased due to the struggle for the territories in which coca is grown and transported out of the country.

Martinez criticized the existing plan to reach the regions where FARC has historically operated.

“That plan is not reaching the territory,” he said. “I have told the government we can not expect these expressions of violence to be supplanted by ecumenical actions. It should arrive with the IPS, EPS, the Agrarian Bank,” he reportedly said.

He and other officials have criticized the government’s plan to replace crops, which he claims wouldn’t be effective with the resources at hand.

Source: El País, Vanguardia Liberal

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