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Colombians Protest After Infant of FARC Ex-Militant Murdered

  • Samuel David, the murdered seven-month-old boy, was born in one of the reincorporation areas of Colombia.

    Samuel David, the murdered seven-month-old boy, was born in one of the reincorporation areas of Colombia. | Photo: Twitter / @Paola_teleSUR

Published 17 April 2019

Since the signing of the peace agreement in 2016, roughly 128 ex-militants and their relatives have been killed, according to state official Andres Stapper.

Members of the Territorial Area of Training and Reintegration (ETCR) Simon Trinidad marched in protest of the murder of the son of a former guerrilla fighter of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who is now a member of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) political party.

Colombia: 7-Months-Old Baby of Ex-FARC Member Killed in Ambush

Samuel David Gonzalez, the son of the former guerrilla, was seven months old and was considered a "son of peace." The attack that resulted in the boy's murder reportedly took place in La Guajira. His parents, both Wayu Indigenous people, were the targets of the attack. Both were injured in the ambush.

The couple, Gustavo and Sandra, explained that they were in La Guajira visiting relatives. They said they still cannot find an explanation for the attack Sunday.

Since the signing of the Final Peace Accord in 2016, at least 128 members of the FARC have been killed in Colombia, says the director of the State Institution Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization, Andres Stapper.

#MourninginColombia Members of ETCR #SimonTrinidad march to reject the murder of 7-month-old Samuelito after the attack on his former guerrilla father, a member of @PartidoFARC who worked for the #PeaceProcess. They demand that @IvanDuque guarantees #PeaceDoesn’tCostLives.

"We have a report of 128 cases of ex-combatants that have been victimized and that at this moment are being confirmed by ... authorities," the official said, emphasizing that the deaths were violent.

The peace agreement, supported by the United Nations and crafted with the help of several Latin American countries and organizations, led to the disarmament of around 7,000 combatants and the emergence of the FARC party.

Colombia's right-wing President Duque has been trying to dismantle the agreement and its peace institutions since his election campaign last year. Just last month the head of state announced his plans to amend six articles of the Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), an integral part of accords meant to bring justice to the country’s 50-year internal conflict.

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