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After the accusations of the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, who on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, accused the Central General Staff (EMC), FARC dissidents led by alias Iván Mordisco, of not showing a will for peace, and of warning about which path they would choose from now on, the outlaw organization responded to the president with a peculiar message.
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The president, who participated in the promotion ceremony of 243 officers at the Francisco de Paula Santander Cadet School, where the 132nd anniversary of the Police is also celebrated, was especially critical of this armed structure, in a speech that apparently also It was directed at the National Liberation Army (ELN), which is also immersed in a peace process, currently in crisis.
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“They still have the possibility of choosing whether the path is Camilo Torres Restrepo, the priest who founded the sociology faculty of the National University, or Pablo Escobar. Colombia is not the owner of the cocaine market, now they are multinationals. “Colombia is left with the worst: overexploitation of farmers, who do not receive even a minimal part of what they are worth in the United States or China,” Petro said.
During his speech at the promotion ceremony of 243 officers at the Francisco de Paula Santander Cadet School, and the celebration of the 132nd anniversary of the Police, President Gustavo Petro ordered the insurgent groups to choose whether they want to follow in the footsteps of the guerrilla leader or of the boss of the Medellín cartel – credit @infopresidencia/X
This statement caused strong discomfort among the dissidents, who through their X profile (formerly Twitter) did not hesitate to respond to the head of state. And they denied that they are behind the production of cocaine and other psychoactive substances, as President Petro denounced in his intervention, which generated controversy on social networks.
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“@petrogustavo, we are neither producers nor consumers of drugs, unlike the government. We were the ones who fought Pablo Escobar while the government authorized clues to him. We do not follow the path of Camilo Torres but that of the invincible guerrilla Manuel Marulanda Vélez,” they published on their profile, @FARCEP_.
With this message, the Central General Staff (EMC) responded to the statement of President Gustavo Petro, regarding the actions of this group outside the law – credit @FARCEP_/X
And the mention of the ELN leader in the 1960s, who had university influence, did not go down well with the FARC dissidents, who have stressed that their armed struggle is inspired by the criminal trajectory of the top leader of the extinct groups. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Pedro Antonio Marín, alias Manuel Marulanda Vélez, who until 2008 commanded that insurgent organization.
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A kind of “inheritance” with which men who did not enter into the peace process signed with the State, during the Government of President Juan Manuel Santos, have attempted to revalidate the political status given by President Petro. Despite the fact that the president himself pointed out that they have strong interests in drug marketing, with dominance in departments such as Cauca, Putumayo and Caquetá.
In his speech, from the south of Bogotá, the Colombian president made a strong call about the future that the dialogues between the national government and the guerrilla groups should have, after the EMC suspended the dialogues, due to the incident that occurred in the El Plateado district of Argelia (Cauca), when a group of soldiers was kidnapped due to pressure from dissidents.
“The question that those who today are subjects or actors of this violence in the territories, in deep Colombia, have to ask themselves is: Is it worth it? Is it worth so much death for nothing? “Is the destruction of Colombia worth it in an economy in which we are barely the servants of a drug trafficker?” Petro said.
And, in the same way, he recognized that precisely this “political negotiation” with the dissidents was, clearly, premature. “We decided on an operation against that force, we conquered the summits, the dominant positions, we removed the EMC from those strategic positions and a political negotiation ensued, perhaps premature in my opinion,” the president stated in his statement to the police officers.