ELN Guerrilla Admits It Planted Deadly Bomb in Central Bogota

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Feb 27, 2017, 5:07 pm
ELN Guerrilla
Juan Camilo Restrepo, who is in charge of government negotiations with ELN, told members that escalating the armed conflict would not pressure the government into a bilateral ceasefire. (YouTube)

EspañolSunday, February 19th, at about 10:30 am local time, an explosion shook La Macarena neighborhood in central Bogota near the Santamaría bullring, which was scheduled to host an event following several years of prohibition.

Local authorities searched for those responsible Monday, February 27, discovering that the guerrilla group ELN had been the ones to leave 25 uniformed soldiers wounded and one dead.

A statement released by the group established that the attack was aimed at the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad in charge of maintaining public order during protests, in this case to monitor animal rights groups gathered around the bullfighting ring.



According to ELN, it was their duty to attack the group, which they consider a form of repression against free speech in Colombia. They demanded that the national government reach a bilateral ceasefire with them as soon as possible.

Response from the government’s chief negotiator

Juan Camilo Restrepo, who is in charge of government negotiations with ELN, told members that escalating the armed conflict would not pressure the government into a bilateral ceasefire.

Mayor Enrique Peñalosa’s Response

Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, who accused ELN of the attack from the beginning, rejected the ELN’s statement and said the group takes pride in a cowardly and criminal actions.

Sources: El Espectador, Caracol Radio

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.

Florida Governor Vows to Help Trump Fight Castro Regime

By: Karina Martín - Feb 27, 2017, 3:09 pm

EspañolGovernor of Florida Rick Scott has offered to help US President Donald Trump reverse the country's approach to relations with Cuba. "I do not think it's good for our country to spoil a dictator like Raul Castro," he said. "I want to work with the Trump administration on what would be the right policy." The politician also mentioned that in his opinion, President of Cuba Raul Castro does not believe in democracy or freedom and stated that he hoped Trump would renegotiate with Havana soon. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "My impression is that they are working on what they are going to do," he said, when asked about future policy plans. Though the governor of Florida did not specify what approach he would recommend, he stated that his intention is to close off business with Cuba. Scott recently threatened to withhold money from Florida ports that do business with the communist island, demanding that the $176 million established for ports go to businesses not associated with Cuba. "I am disappointed that Florida ports have reached any agreement with the Cuban dictatorship," he tweeted. Scott has also gone on the record saying he will propose tax cuts totaling $618 million in 2018. The recommendation will be presented to the state Congress in the coming months. The proposal includes a 25-percent cut in sales tax on commercial property rentals. Sources: Cubanet; Diario de Cuba.

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