martes, 25 de febrero de 2014

Colombia detains FARC "assassins," FARC impose "totalitarian" regime in districts

Colombian forces detained six purported members of the communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspected to have taken part in a failed 2012 attack on a politician and to be planning high-profile killings, media reported on 25 February. Police and Army agents caught the six in a joint operation in the localities of El Hobo and La Plata in south-western Colombia, EFE agency reported, citing declarations made on 24 February by the Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. He attributed to the detained a failed bid to kill the former minister Fernando Londoño Hoyos in May 2012, in an attack in a busy part of Bogotá that killed two. The Colombian daily La Nación described the six as in an "elite" unit of "urban guerrillas" trained to kill prominent targets. Mr Pinzón identified the brother of one detainee as the guerrilla dubbed Andrés Tabares, planner of the failed 2012 attack whom troops shot dead in mid-December 2013 in Santander de Quilichao in the western department of Valle de Cauca. Separately, the review Semana reported on 24 February that the FARC were distributing leaflets to people in parts of the southern department of Putumayo, "with 46 points that replace the Police Code." The pamphlets apparently regulated - illegally - the day-to-day activities, personal and property rights and movements of people living in areas controlled by guerrillas. The review cited two groups - the Clandestine Communist Party (Partido comunista clandestino) and the Bolivarian Movement - as helping the FARC formulate and impose their rules on the local population. The pamphlets' provisions included imposing curfews on young people and expelling locals with relatives in the Armed Forces. Semana described the initiative as indicating the FARC's "intimidation capabilities and intention to establish a totalitarian regime" in the lower Putumayo, likely as a trial run for the "political order" they would later seek in Colombia, if peace talks in Havana with the present Government prosper.