FARC Plans an Attack on 11 Councilors in Bogotá

By Dialogo
June 10, 2009

Bogotá, June 8 (EFE) - FARC have a plan to attack 11 councilors in Bogota, as reported today by city councilor Darío Fernando Cepeda, who wanted to make sure the public knew about the letter sent over the weekend by the District attorney's office to the mayor of Bogota, Samuel Moreno Rojas, warning him of the alleged plan. According to the website of the newspaper El Tiempo, Bogota, Cepeda said, "the letter is authentic, with the right letterhead and we are just waiting to be officially notified of the threats by the mayor, the Army or the Police and to strengthen our security measures.” According to this version, the threatened councilors belong to the party called “Cambio Radical“, allied to the Colombian President Álvaro Uribe. The alleged plans to attack the lives of elected officials were discovered on a computer that authorities seized in the operation that led to the arrest of “The Black Antonio" of FARC. Bernardo Mosquera Machado, head of a commando group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was captured last February in the region of Sumapaz, the central department of Cundinamarca, of which Bogota is the capital. The councilmen threatened are Carlos Fernando Galan, son of the assassinated presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento, Philip Rivers, Dario Fernando Cepeda, Fernando Lopez, Julio Cesar Acosta, Clara Sandoval, Orlando Castañeda, Nelly Patricia Mosquera, Maria Angelica Tovar, Carlos Castro and Henry Orlando Ferreira. According to Cepeda, the letter also mentions the names of two elected officials of a neighborhood of Bogota, whose identities are unknown at this time. On the situation, the president of the Bogota, Soledad Tamayo, said that she had written to the Office and the Colombian Army asking to "investigate the matter”, but so far there was no response. "We are expecting a response to take every security measure," said Tamayo. The so called " Black Antonio”, captured in an operation of the Colombian Army, is responsible for the abductions in the center of the country. He also controlled the drug trafficking business in this part of the country through the commando group "Antonio Nariño". Among his crimes are the kidnappings of a Christian church leader and the Japanese Chikao Muramatsu, who died in captivity. Earlier this month, the Director of the National Federation of Councilors of Colombia, Fabio Estrada, stated that at least 2,000 councilors work under death threats from guerrilla groups, emerging gangs and common criminals.