Uribismo Marched Against Peace in Colombia

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Source Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / April 02, 2016.

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The Colombian party Democratic Center, led by former right-wing President Alvaro Uribe, convened a march against the peace process next Saturday, at a time when an agreement to end the armed conflict is about to be signed thanks to the efforts of the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP).

With the pretext of marching against the government of Juan Manuel Santos, Uribe’s supporters took to the streets to express their rejection towards the peace talks.

Right-wing leader Alvaro Uribe, who during his government always opposed to a amicable negotiation with the FARC-EP, convened to the mobilization because he believes that the government “is consolidating a submission to terrorism” and claims that he wants to “defend democracy”.

However, this position was considered by experts as contradictory.

“The Democratic Center raises these slogans when, in fact, the government led by Álvaro Uribe Velez for 8 years (2002-2010) was notorious for its corruption, such as the Agro Ingreso Seguro scandal(1), that began when his minister Andrés Felipe Arias was found to have defrauded the country for 300 billion pesos (97.8 million dollars)”, refers one of Telesur’s bloggers, Oto Higuita.

The expert remembered that “Yidis Medina and other Congressmen were bribed with offers of all kinds to vote in favor of Uribe’s reelection in 2006”.

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Uribe called to defend democracy but he can’t remember that, during his term, there were persecutions and repressions against the opposition, such as the “Chuzadas” Scandal(2) against Gustavo Petro, a former mayor of Bogota, Piedad Córdoba, spokeswoman of Patriotic March, Hollman Morris, investigative journalist, senior judges of the Constitutional Court, and social movements like People’s Congress and Patriotic March, among others).

Armed Strike

In simultaneity to this mobilization, continues the armed strike of the narco-paramilitary Úsuga Clan in Colombia, which has claimed the lives of at least five uniformed during the last hours, according to Colombian Defense Minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, when he presented the second report on the impact of this operation.

At midnight, on March 30, the band began an 48 hours armed strike which extended in the departments of Antioquia, Bolivar, Sucre, Córdoba and Chocó (northeast), in order to prevent free movement in routes and stop commercial activity in Urabá (a region inserted in Antioquia and Choco).

Among the five dead there was a Sergeant Major of the army and a policeman, who were in civilian clothing and unarmed at the time when they were murdered.

The Uribistas mobilization was carried out under the rain

With banners and flags, the Democratic Center and thousands of followers marched last Saturday.

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  1. A Scandal Brews as Colombia Subsidizes Millionaire Farmers
  2. Chuzadas refers to a scandal in Colombia that involved wiretapping and illegal surveillance carried out by former Colombian intelligence agency, the Administrative Security Department (DAS) during the government of President Alvaro Uribe and which touched close areas to President Juan Manuel Santos.
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