On Thursday, January 17th, a massive car bomb targeted a police station in Bogotá, Colombia, killed 21 people. The far right regime claims the National Liberation Army (ELN) was responsible for the attack.
The ELN hasn’t claimed responsibility for the action but it continued revolutionary acton against the state while the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has signed, and honored a peace accord with the regime. The ELN was trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement as well.
Colombian president Ivan Duque canceled the peace negotiations and is demanding Cuba hand over the ELN peace delegation.
While Bogotá, Colombia’s center of power, has seen a cessation of political conflict in recent years, the rural areas of Colombia have faced targeted violence from far right militia organizations that are generally allied with state forces.
Eight social leaders, who participated in land redistribution programs, have been murdered in the new year.
Duque has indicated that military confrontation and force is the only way to end the conflict with the guerrilla organization.
The regime desires an end hostilities to with making minimal changes to the political, social, and economic oppression in the country, ensuring conflict will continue indefinitely.