A FARC guerrilla unit has refused to demobilise as part of a peace deal with the Colombian government. Although other factions have agreed to the deal, The 1st Front has advised it will not conform, on the belief that the Colombian government will not change the way it operates.
The 1st Front went on to say that the policies of the Colombian state are to disarm and demobilise guerrilla fighters, while still operating using the same economic model. It also stated that ‘concentration zones’ are nothing more than ‘open jails’ for defeated guerrillas.
While 1st Front respects the choices of other factions to disarm, it would continue to fight for the freedom of the Colombian people.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos replied by stating that this would be the last opportunity to disarm, otherwise members would either end up in a grave or a jail cell.
Senator Ivan Cepeda stated that such refusals are common, and has happened in every peace process. The FARC leaders are yet to comment on the case.
Reports made to Colombia’s Ombudsman Office stated that 1st Front had violated the unilateral ceasefire back in 2014.
It is thought by Insight Crime that 30 percent of FARC fighters will choose to ignore any peace deals, and continue to profit from criminal activities such as drug trafficking and illegal mining.