Columbia Rebels Against Military Violence


Ashley Rojas, Writer

What defines a nation? The answer is simple: the people. So how can the people feel safe when the government is controlled by rebels and gangs?

Colombia rebels will present a list of 200 military personnel and civilian leaders they are accusing of being connected with illegal paramilitary forces and activity. “America does that too. What’s the difference?” questions Jillian Hayward, 10. The rebels want the government to punish the accused and prevent this from continuing and are pushing the idea that the military personnel and civilian leaders accused of being involved with paramilitary activity be reprimanded.

Farc demanded evidence that the government was “cracking down” on the illegal paramilitary groups, who they claimed operated under the state’s permission. Farc and its “smaller brother,” the National Liberation Army (ELN), have gotten more violent–an example being when Farc abducted and shot three American human rights workers and dumped their bodies over the Venezuelan border. Washington no longer turns a “blind eye” towards the group after these murders. Another example is when the National Liberation Army hijacking an Avianca national airline airplane and forcing it to land in the jungle, now holding them hostage.

President Andres Pastrana forced two army generals to resign who have been accused, for a long time, of being involved in collaborating with paramilitary groups and the cruel acts they’ve committed against the people of Colombia.