FARC Members Voluntarily Appear Before Authorities
By Dialogo September 16, 2013
A 22-year-old woman known as ‘Alicia’ or ‘La Gomela’, who was a member of the FARC’s 42nd Manuel Cepeda Vargas Company, voluntarily surrendered to authorities during a military search and control operation conducted by the 20th Airborne Infantry Battalion General Manuel Roerga Serviez on September 10 in the urban areas of Villavicencio (Meta department).
In a separate instance, another FARC member, who was involved in criminal activity in Antioquia department, escaped from his terrorist cell and voluntarily surrendered to military units in the area, stating he was willing to return to a life of freedom.
The surrender was made at the Andes municipality, where soldiers from the 4th Brigade received the guerrilla, who confessed that he was a member of the FARC’s ‘José Antonio Galán’ group.
After the information was verified, it was decided that the former guerrilla would be integrated into the Program of Humanitarian Attention to the Demobilized, headed by the National Government.
So far in 2013, 28 FARC members have voluntarily appeared before the authorities, and have stated that the military offensive operations conducted by the 7th Brigade against the FARC, the demobilization campaigns and the abuse that FARC leaders perpetrated against their subordinates, were decisive factors in leading them to escape from this illegal armed group and start a new life with their families.
Brigadier General Emilio Enrique Torres Ariza, 7th Brigade Commander, ratified that FARC members were invited to appear voluntarily at military units of the jurisdiction and enroll in the government’s Program of Humanitarian Attention to the Demobilized.