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Thu Mar 31, 2016, 10:52 AM

Urabeños ‘provide logistical support for Uribe’s anti-government protest’

Urabeños ‘provide logistical support for Uribe’s anti-government protest’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Mar 31, 2016

Colombia’s largest paramilitary successor group, Los Urabeños, are ordering people in the northwest of the country to take part in an anti-government march being organized for Sunday by former President Alvaro Uribe.

The accusation was made by El Tiempo, a newspaper with close ties to the family of President Juan Manuel Santos, Uribe’s political adversary.

According to El Tiempo, the feared neo-paramilitaries told locals in Arboletes, Antioquia and Valencia, Cordoba they are expected to take part in the protests organized by the conservative opposition already plagued by numerous accusations of ties to paramilitary death squads.

Additionally, said the newspaper, the Urabeños have been pressuring local journalists to promote Sunday’s march, during which Uribe and his Democratic Center party seek to express their opposition to peace talks with leftist rebel groups FARC and ELN, and the government’s economic policy.


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