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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)and the Illicit Drug Trade

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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Illicit Drug Trade El FARC ha crecido de una organizaci�n campesina peque�a a su actual fuerza militar. En parte, este crecimiento ha sido facilitado por beneficio de los impuestos de FARC de la producci�n il�cita de la droga. La ayuda para el FARC, sin embargo, es tambi�n un producto de la carencia de la respuesta del gobierno a las dificultades severas enfrentadas por los granjeros campesinos en la regi�n. La historia de los movimientos regionales del guerrilla en Colombia comenz� en los a�os 20 y 30 dirigidos por grupos ind�genas contra las condiciones de trabajo impuestas por los propietarios de las plantaci�nes. Las pol�ticas y las estrategias de muchas de estas organizaciones campesinas fueron basadas en socialismo y comunismo. El per�odo conocido como la Violencia - que comenz� hace cincuenta a�os con el asesinato del lider populista Jorge Gait�n condujo a la violencia rural. En 1964 el FARC declaro' su intenci�n de utilizar la lucha armada como parte de una estrategia pol�tica para agarrar el poder nacional. ...read more.

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est�n desempe�ando un papel preponderante:**time-out** 1600 mill�n militar ayuda en 2000, ciento militar ciudad consejo miembro pent�gono y agente funcionar Cia en colombino territorio, batall�n �lite tropa nacional tropa (ser implicar directo en innumerevoli matanza perpetrated paramilitarismo estado contra indefenso civil poblaci�n) entrenar Berretti verde, y uno maniobra militar y log�stico envolvimiento alrededor concluir Colombia preparar pista para un.invasione uno multinacional fuerza que, con.il.pretesto della lucha droga tr�fico, tener funci�n m�s demoler de proceso revolucionario y su avanzado expresi�n, FARC-EP. Y para �se l.intervento de los E.E.U.U. en la verdad de Colombia es ya una, y no una amenaza o hip�tesis simple. Goal is to overthrow government and ruling class. Colombian security forces Thursday shot and killed Pablo Escobar, the billionaire godfather of international cocaine trafficking, as he attempted to flee his hideout in the drug dealing center of Medellin, Colombia.Authorities said Escobar opened fire and was met by volleys of return fire from some of the dozens of police and troops who had stalked the drug kingpin to a house on the west side of the city of 1.6 million people. ...read more.

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Location/Area of Operation Colombia with some activities--extortion, kidnapping, logistics, and R&R--in Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador. External Aid Cuba provides some medical care and political consultation. One such guerrilla band was led by Manuel "Sureshot" Marulanda (his real name is Pedro Antonio Marin), who in 1966 baptised his group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Another popular revenue producer is kidnapping for ransom, which FARC Commander Raul Reyes calls a "peace tax." "The government of Colombia and even the United States do the same thing," Reyes said. "If you don't pay your taxes, you go to jail. Here we don't have jails, so we detain people." FARC isn't the only guerrilla group to use kidnapping to raise funds. The smaller National Liberation Army (ELN) is holding at least 50 hostages, including 36 people seized while they were attending mass in an affluent suburb of Cali. The original church kidnapping involved 143 hostages, but the ELN released all but 36. Monsignor Isaias Duarte, archbishop of Cali, excommunicated the guerrillas from the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday because of the kidnapping. Colombian authorities also believe the ELN is responsible for a Venezuelan commercial airliner that disappeared Saturday with 16 people aboard. ...read more.

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