On August 29, a former senior commander of the dissolved FARC rebel army announced that he and his supporters are taking up arms again for a struggle against Colombia’s government.
“We are announcing to the world that the second Marquetalia has begun,” Ivan Marquez said in a video posted on YouTube, referring to a rural enclave considered a birthplace of the FARC in the 1960s.
Marquez accused the government of betraying the peace process under which most of the FARC’s 7,000 fighters had laid down their weapons after half a century of armed conflict. The commander said the government had cheated in the implementation of the accord, including unilaterally changing its wording and failing to provide legal guarantees for former fighters.
He said that this “forced us to return to the field”.
“We were never defeated ideologically. Therefore, the fight continues,” Marquez said.
Colombia’s President Ivan Duque answered to this move by saying that he would send a special army unit to hunt down Marquez and his supporters, who he said were backed by Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.