Assassination campaign allegations prompt Colombia to vow to never again to allow political genocide

Gente con memoria: reacciona y persiste

(Photo credit: Agencia Prensa Rural) A senior minister pledged Thursday Colombia will never allow another campaign of genocide like the one it allowed against the Unión Patriótica. The vow came after Marcha Patriótica organizers said some 26 leaders were killed in 2013.

One Colombia´s top politicians pledged today the nation will never again allow a massacre campaign against left-wing politicians like the one waged against the Unión Patriótica.

Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri Valencia pledged the government´s commitment to protect poltical activists from organized violence after one of Colombia´s left-of-centre organizations said it might be forced to dissolve because of the assassinations of some 26 leaders in 2013.

“As I will tell Piedad Córdoba, in this country we will never permit a repeat of the acts of violence and stigmitization that we saw with the extermination of the Unión Patriótica,” Iragorri wrote on his Twitter account. Córdoba, a former congresswoman banned from office by the same person attempting to throw Gustavo Petro out as mayor of Bogotá, announced her organization could fall as a result of the murderous campaign.

The Unión Patriótica was born of the peace negotiations between the FARC guerrillas and the government in the 1980s. Thousands of its members, including two presidential candidates, were murdered and the party was eventually outlawed by the national government. It is fighting its first election since it was banned after the assassination of ifs last senator.

National police and military have been implicated in many assassinations and disappearances.

Todd Howland, the United Nations representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia announced in response to Córdoba´s claim the will investigate the allegations as well as alleged threats against the right-of-centre Centro Democrático party of Álvaro Uribe.

Iragorri pledged to have a number of government departments as well as the national police and army review Córdoba´s complaints.

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

2 responses to “Assassination campaign allegations prompt Colombia to vow to never again to allow political genocide”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    Let’s hope Iragorri’s words translate into deeds. But the political assassins and people like Ordóñez are two sides of the same coin – there needs to be a thorough makeover before the left will truly be allowed to participate in Colombian politics.

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      Let´s hope so. Seems many Colombian politicians have said all the right things about protecting people, but the results are slow in producing results. Proposals like that of Colombian Caravana seem the best available option.

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