Takeover of a school in Yamural: Farc dissidents recognized their mistake and will do it again in a “professional manner”. (Colpress)
The dissidence of the 36th front of the Farc recognized its responsibility before the takeover of a school in the municipality of Yamural, Antioquia. Although the residual group of the extinct guerrilla indicated that it was a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), they also said that they would do it again in a “professional manner.”
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The armed organization issued a statement known by the newspaper El Colombiano, with which they sought to clarify the facts presented in Magdalena Medio. “Uniformed guerrillas with rifles enter a school and distribute school kits to low-income boys and girls, clearly contrary to IHL,” the group stated.
This fact was recorded in videos that showed the guerrillas playing and painting with the children of the El Bosque school, in the village of El Cedeño. The armed organization specified that they never did it “with the intention of causing damage” and, for that reason, they offered excuses to the civilian population, taking into account that they put the lives of minors at risk due to the risk of an armed confrontation.
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The document also indicated that the actions were of “good will”, trying to solve a need for about 445,000 students in Antioquia. “On the contrary, it is to help mitigate the number of problems that exist in regions where the presence of the State is nil,” the dissidents pointed out.
The outlaw group stressed that their revolutionary ethic leads them to “continue accompanying communities that are the object of unsatisfied needs.” Following this, he commented that the “enemies of the people were always in power”, which would have ended “with education” and other rights.
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In addition, he criticized the role that the authorities have had in this regard. “They only see the bad to criticize and even to hold the government responsible for issues and events typical of an insurgency that historically we have made these donations to those who deserve it,” said the statement delivered.
“These kinds of activities are going to continue to be carried out because they are the object of our struggle and should be,” said the residual organization of the extinct guerrilla. Thus, he commented that for future occasions they will take into account that “it is done in a more professional manner, where the integrity of boys and girls, who are the future of tomorrow, is not compromised.”
Lastly, “the FARC-EP today more than ever are convinced that the solution to the political and social problem that Colombia suffers must be through understanding among those of us who have been trampled on by the political and warmongering elites.” In this sense, the dissidents recognize that the path could be dialogue with the national government.
The event became known on Thursday, February 2, when the governor of Antioquia, Aníbal Gaviria, made a public complaint. The community has sent us videos, photographs, and information about the presence of illegal armed groups in population centers in the North and Northeast of Antioquia,” the official wrote from his Twitter account.
For Gaviria, the most worrying part of the situation were the images and videos of guerrillas in educational institutions, where they played and painted with the children.
“Flagrant violation of IHL,” he added.
The Secretary of Education, Mónica Quiroz, also spoke and stressed that they did not only give gifts to minors. They ask for data related to children, teachers, so it is a situation that puts the training process at risk,” the official told the regional media.
It should be remembered that IHL establishes that schools, hospitals and religious centers are neutral spaces for armed confrontations.
As part of the activity, the dissidents gave the children gifts such as suitcases to which the Farc images were glued.
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