three ex-FARC combatants murdered in one week

Three former fighters of the Colombian FARC rebellion were assassinated in a week in Colombia, denounced the leaders of this formation, which has become a political party since its disarmament with the signing of the 2016 peace agreement. “Today (Thursday) they murdered Maria Steffania Munoz (Yuri Lopez), signatory of the peace agreement ” in the department of Cauca (southwest), denounced on Twitter the ex-guerrilla and deputy Alban. She is the tenth woman, a former fighter of the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), killed since the 2016 peace agreement, said Senator Victoria Sandino, herself a former member of this movement.

According to the independent foundation Indepaz, which works on the Colombian conflict, Maria Steffania Munoz and her daughter were shot dead in the municipality of Buenos Aires. Also in the Cauca, two ex-combatants of the Marxist group were killed on Saturday and Wednesday, according to the senator. Another leader of Comunes, the political party resulting from the FARC, escaped an attack on Tuesday in Cauca, according to Pastor Alape, one of the leaders of this formation.

The Cauca is the scene of bloody rivalries between illegal armed groups for the control of income from drug trafficking in a strategic corridor for the export of cocaine to Central America and the United States. According to a count by Indepaz, 189 signatories of the historic 2016 pact were killed, 40 in 2021. The Comunes party blames these deaths on the conservative president Ivan Duque, whose he denounces. “Lack of will and commitment to full implementation” of the agreement.

The government and the prosecution, for their part, point the finger at the Guévarist guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the FARC dissidents who withdrew from the peace agreement, as well as the narco-trafficking gangs. . A few weeks before the five years of the peace agreement, the United Nations recently warned of the deterioration of the security of some 13,000 former guerrillas who have laid down their arms.

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