They reject new acts of violence in the Colombian department of Arauca | News
The Colombian Ombudsman’s Office rejected this Saturday two new acts of violence that occurred during the last hours in the department of Arauca (northeast), where the insecurity situation due to clashes between illegal armed groups caused 33 fatalities so far this year and the displacement of 170 displaced families.
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Through its official Twitter account, the agency denounced the burning of a bus in the village of Sabana del Sarapay (Tame municipality), as well as the detonation of explosives in the village of El Consuelo, at the exit of the municipality of Saravena, via Tame which damaged several houses.
The Ombudsman demanded “the armed groups leave the civilian population and respect for human rights out of their actions.”
According to the Ombudsman and local media, the passengers on board the bus that covered the Arauca-Bogotá section, including minors, were forced to get out of the vehicle at midnight, received threats and were prevented from taking their luggage, which was incinerated at board the bus.
2/2 Likewise, they apparently attacked with explosives at the exit of the municipality of Saravena, via Tame, disturbing the tranquility of the inhabitants. We demand that the armed groups leave the civilian population out of their actions, and respect for the #HR.
— Ombudsman (@DefensoriaCol)
January 15, 2022
According to local media, a communication by dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) was disseminated through social networks.
In that communication they attribute responsibility for the detonation of explosives, which was directed against a National Army patrol that was moving in armored vehicles through that area of the department. No injuries were reported.
According to these press reports, in said communication a leader of the illegal armed group demanded that freight transporters cease their activities in the department and added that only inter-municipal transport will be allowed.
Last week, President Iván Duque ordered several battalions and military means to be sent to Arauca with the intention of controlling the security situation.
Social and human rights organizations denounced at that time that the militarization of the department would not solve the problem of violence, whose genesis lies, as they valued, in the historical abandonment by the Colombian State of the rural sector, poverty and non-compliance with the Agreement of Peace.