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Thu May 21, 2020, 09:59 PM

Colombia: outrage as warlord's son picked to lead victim support project

  • Jorge Rodrigo Tovar’s appointment ‘offensive’ – survivors
  • Father ‘Jorge 40’ terrorised civilians along Caribbean coast

    Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá
    Thu 21 May 2020 06.15 EDT

    The son of a notorious death squad leader has been appointed to run the Colombian government’s programmes for victims of the country’s long civil war, prompting fury among survivors.

    Jorge Rodrigo Tovar was this week put in charge of a scheme for compensating victims of the conflict – many of whom were terrorised by his father, Rodrigo Tovar, better known in Colombia as “Jorge 40”.

    During the late 90s and early 2000s, the elder Tovar led the Northern Bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (or AUC) – which was responsible for a string of massacres and the murder of hundreds of civilians along Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

    In February 2000, militiamen under his command tortured and dismembered over 60 peasant farmers in the isolated village of El Salado, in one of the worst single acts of violence in the five-decade war. Victims – including a six-year old girl and an elderly woman – were stabbed, beaten and strangled to death.

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    The conflict between the Colombian state and leftist rebel groups including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (or Farc) left 260,000 dead and displaced over 7 million. State-aligned paramilitary groups, like the one led by Jorge 40, committed some of the bloodiest atrocities of the 52-year civil war.

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    dixiechiken1 May 21 #1
    Judi Lynn May 22 #2

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    Thu May 21, 2020, 10:02 PM

    1. Bizarro world...

    Sounds like the U.S. right now.

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    Response to dixiechiken1 (Reply #1)

    Fri May 22, 2020, 01:27 AM

    2. Child molesters like to go there for the children. Right wingers claims it's next to heaven.

    OF course they would, fascists are in charge, of course. Have been, since the P.O.S.'s from Spain went to the "New World" and stole it. After terrorizing, enslaving, endlessly abusing the indigenous people got old, they moved on to exploiting the natural resources, using native, and then imported slave labor to get it for them.

    The Feudal stoopid greedy pattern has never stopped. They have always found ways to assassinate everyone who tried to protect his/her fellow powerless citizens. Very Republican in temperament.

    Great quote from Maya Angelou. Welcome to D.U., dixiechiken1.

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