12 Jul 2010

Colombia raid kills "bodyguards" of FARC rebel chief

Formed in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party (Partido Comunista de Colombia: PCC), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) is the largest of Colombia’s national resistance groups, estimated to possess some 10,000 to 15,000 armed soldiers and thousands of supporters, largely drawn from Colombia’s rural areas. The FARC supports a redistribution of wealth from the wealthy to the poor and opposes the influence that multinational corporations and foreign governments (particularly the United States) have had on Colombia (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/126111/FARC).

In the wake of the recently signed military pact between the U.S. and Colombia, which allowed for the creation of 7 (seven) US military bases, the FARC claimed Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe committed high treason by giving up the country's sovereignty. "Hosting the territory as a base of agression against brother countries, against its own people and as a cornerstone of a strategy of continental domination, should fill the soul of Colombians with shame," the FARC writes: http://anncol.eu/noticias-del-mundo/4/las-farc-se-pronuncian-sobre-las-bases-militares-a-discreci%C3%B3n-de-los-gringos274?templateId=274.

As a result of this pact, General "Freddy" Padilla's commandoes, trained and aided by the US, have recently been on the offensive killing scores of Guillermo Saenz's freedom fighters http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/latin_america/10593654.stm & http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/latin_america/10534088.stm.

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