Colombian gangsters offer rewards for the assassination of Union Patriotica leader Aída Abella, all UP candidates


The rebirth of Colombia´s Unión Patriotica has taken an ominous turn now that one of the country´s organized crime gangs has offered rewards for the assassination of its leaders, including presidential candidate Aída Abella.

(Photo: David Hogben) Colombian presidential candidate Aida Abella has survived a rocket attack and returned to lead a party that has seen 5,000 members assassinated in a previous campaign.

(Photo: David Hogben) Colombian presidential candidate Aida Abella has survived a rocket attack and returned to lead a party that has seen 5,000 members assassinated.

Los Rastrojos, a deadly drug trafficking gang, has distributed pamphlets that order its members to “neutralize Unión Patriótica candidates for the senate and congress in all of the country.” It offers a reward of 50 million Colombian pesos, about $28,000 Canadian.

A number of candidates are named including presidential candidate Aída Abella who has only recently returned from 17 years in exile after surviving being shot at with a bazooka in the streets of Bogotá.

Rewards are offered for her assassination, all other Unión Patriótica candidates, as well as Piedad Córdoba, the leader of a massive social peace organization known as Marcha Patriótica. Córdoba recently said her organization was facing possible extinction because of the murder of some 30 of its community leaders in the past two years, most of them in the last seven months.

The Unión Patriótica is running in its first election campaign since being reinstated as a political party. It was originally formed in the mid-1980s when Colombia seemed close to an agreement which would end two decades of violence with the Fuerzas Revolucionarios Armados de Colombia, the FARC.

But those negotiations fell apart and up to 5,000 Unión Patriótica members, including two presidential candidates were assassinated. The assassinations continued until the party was almost  wiped out. Many of those who were not killed fled for exile in Europe, the U.S. or Canada.

Many members were assassinated by organized crime, but government security forces including police and military were implicated in the campaign.

A number of leaders who organized massive protests and blockades of Colombian highways last year were also named as assassination targets whose deaths would bring rewards. The pamphlets claim the UP, the Marcha Patriótica and the campesino leaders are stirring up problems in the agricultural sector.

Los Rastrojos have their roots in Colombia´s paramilitary, drug trafficking organizations. They have suffered arrests and and assassinations of many of their leaders in recent years, but remain a potent, deadly force.

http://colombiasoberanalavozdelosoprimidos.blogspot.com/2014/02/los-rastrojos-dan-la-orden-de-asesinar.html

http://www.rcnradio.com/noticias/los-rastrojos-ponen-precio-por-quien-asesine-aida-abella-y-dirigentes-de-la-115096

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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.

4 responses to “Colombian gangsters offer rewards for the assassination of Union Patriotica leader Aída Abella, all UP candidates”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    Aída Abella, Piedad Córdoba and all those involved in the Unión Patriotica and the Marcha Patriotica as well as the leaders and organisers of the paro nacional have shown such courage in the face of these grave dangers. They are an inspiration to the world.

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      They are true heroes. People who voluntarily place themselves at risk to do what they believe is correct. Despite all Colombia´s difficulties, people like Aída Abella and Piedad Córdoba are heroes who deserve to have their stories known. Thank you so much for supporting me in telling their stories.

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