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Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:22 PM

Is Colombia going from war to peace to genocide?

Is Colombia going from war to peace to genocide?
written by Mira Galanova March 6, 2017

With at least 23 social leaders killed in three months of peace with the FARC, community leaders are terrified they are at the dawn of a wave of paramilitary violence not seen in Colombia since the 1990s.

The daughter of survivors of the Patriotic Union genocide that virtually wiped out the socialist Patriotic Union (UP) party in the 1980s and 1990s, did not survive three months of peace with the FARC.

Alicia Lopez, a community leader and farmersí rights defender, was shot dead in plain daylight in Medellin on Thursday, becoming the 23rd victim of a series of assassinations targeting social and community leaders throughout Colombia.

Last year, 116 of these leaders were assassinated in an ongoing string of assassinations that are terrifying community leaders and their communities alike.


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