- Two Venezuelan children are killed on the Colombian border.
- They are executed in the style of organized crime and people blame the FARC.
- The Government of Venezuela demands an investigation into the murder.
After being accused of robbery, two Venezuelan children were killed on the border between Colombia and Venezuela, the double murder increases the fear of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who are responsible for the execution, according to the news site Newsbreak.
El País wrote that the region’s police commander in Norte de Santander, Colonel Carlos Martínez, blamed the now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and also published a reward of 100 million pesos, or about $ 27,000, to locate the alleged perpetrators.
DEMAND TO INVESTIGATE MURDER
In turn, the government of Venezuela, headed by Nicolás Maduro, demanded that the Colombian authorities investigate the murder of two young Venezuelans – one of them a minor – in the border area between the two nations and that has caused a stir because it is believed that they were the FARC.
Nicolás Maduro’s administration also asked to punish those responsible and announced that it will denounce the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, before the International Criminal Court for his alleged responsibility in the murder of thousands of migrants from his country.
IN THE STYLE OF ORGANIZED CRIME
The children, 12 and 18 years old, were published through videos, they were tied by the wrists after being surprised by civilians in the remote area of Tibu, very close to the border with Venezuela. This practice is rather similar to organized crime and is attributed to the FARC.
Later, the adolescents were transported by armed subjects on motorcycles and their bodies were later found on the side of the road on Friday, October 8. In one of the videos, the youngest could be seen with a bullet in the head and with a sign around his neck accusing them of “thieves”. Filed Under: Colombia Border Children Kill
Colombia Border Children Kill: DETENTIONS
The consequences came almost immediately, since in an interview with Caracol Radio, Martínez ordered the arrest of three residents who, he said, were accomplices in the execution of the children. “(They) took justice into their own hands,” Martínez was reported to have said. “That’s what the authorities are for.”
For their part, the detained people have denied any participation in the accusations made against them and even assure that it was they themselves who called the police to come, but that they never did. The armed civilians had promised to hand over the minors.
Colombia Border Children Kill: “PERSECUTION”
According to Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, the “persecution” and “murder of our migrants” would have become “a systematic and massive policy against our compatriots” in the neighboring country. He also pointed out in a statement that Venezuelans in Colombia are victims of a communication apparatus dedicated to “denigrating” “poor migrants.”
According to a report published by Legal Medicine of Colombia, between 2017 and August 2021, 2,053 Venezuelans have died in homicides with a knife, firearm or fights. Some 1,408 of those homicides were committed with firearms. Filed under: Colombia border children kill. WARNING, STRONG IMAGES, to see the video click here.
On the same Wednesday later, the Colombian government rejected and denied the allegations made by Caracas, considering them a way of diverting attention from other events such as the “death of former Defense Minister Raúl Isaías Baduel, the tenth political prisoner who loses his life in custody of the Nicolás Maduro’s regime, ”the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Baduel was a former Venezuelan defense minister who later became critical of former President Hugo Chávez. He died on Tuesday after catching COVID-19 in prison, where he had remained since 2017 awaiting trial for his alleged links to a plot to overthrow Maduro. WARNING, STRONG IMAGES, to see the video click here. Filed Under: Colombia Border Children Kill
They kill children on the Colombian border: DENY MALTREATMENT
Contrary to what the Venezuelan authorities have said about the treatment of its nationals, the government of Iván Duque indicated that it has made great efforts to provide “fraternal and generous” assistance to the Venezuelan migrants who have arrived in Colombia. They are suspicious of the FARC.
Official figures indicate that there are currently more than 1.8 million people to whom Colombia is granting the Temporary Statute of Protection for Venezuelan Migrants, an identification that will give them access to state government benefits.
Faced with the murder of the two young people, Colombia condemned the events and urged “urgently the authorities to intensify the investigations to find those responsible”, and assured that the “life of children and adolescents requires all protection, respect and guarantee of their rights ”.
The events denounced on Wednesday by Maduro occurred on October 8 in Tibú, a municipality that is part of the Catatumbo subregion, historically hit by the Colombian armed conflict. The authorities of that country identified one of the two deceased, both of Venezuelan nationality, as 23-year-old Jackson Enrique Arriaga Parra. Filed Under: Colombia Border Children Kill
They kill children on the Colombian border: THEY HAD A JOB
The other deceased, whose name was not revealed, would be a 15-year-old adolescent, who according to preliminary investigations belonged to the Wayuu ethnic group from the Venezuelan border state of Zulia, who arrived two years ago in Colombia with a brother, where they worked as “raspachines of coca ”, as they call in Colombia to the people who work in very precarious conditions in illicit crops.
The Venezuelans, who have been accused of stealing from a store, were detained and beaten by residents of the municipality of Tibú, witnesses said. Then unknown armed men arrived, who on board motorcycles took the young people and “assassinated them on the outskirts of the municipality,” Colonel Carlos Martínez, commander of the Norte de Santander Police, said on Friday in a video released to the press. Colombian.
The Police have identified the dissidents of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that operate in the area as allegedly responsible. However, the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army, the Clan del Golfo and Los Pelusos also operate there.
In Tibú, illegal groups seek to control drug trafficking routes and the production of coca leaf that reached more than 19,300 hectares in 2020, occupying the first place of national affectation according to the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (UNODC). Filed Under: Colombia Border Children Kill
KEEP THE FIGHT
For his part, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, who is currently in Washington DC on an official visit, said that the government was fighting against the armed forces in the region. “This type of situation hurts a lot and more when it comes to such fratricidal acts, the forcefulness of the public force will remain in that area of the country,” he said.
In addition, authorities from the Colombian office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the double murder, for which they allegedly blame the FARC: “We urge the authorities to investigate these events. We call for respect for the life and protection of children ”, they stated in a report. Filed Under: Colombia Border Children Kill
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