“We see with concern that the culture of physical elimination of the political opposition continues to make a career in Colombia, and that it is not fulfilled by providing security guarantees for the exercise of politics to the new political party that emerged from the transformation of the FARC.”

With extreme pain and indignation we received the news of the murder of two of our comrades in the municipality of Peque, in western Antioquia. Wilmar Asprilla and Ángel de Jesús Montoya were in this municipality holding a meeting with the community and preparing a meeting to promote the campaign of the candidate for the House of Representatives by Antioquia Wilman de Jesús Cartagena Durango.

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The community denounces that at 11 o’clock at night several shots were heard in a parking lot, so the police went to the place where they found the two ex-combatants without life. The candidate for the Chamber, for personal reasons could not attend the meeting, a fact that saved him from being murdered. We do not know those responsible for this serious violation of peace.

Wilmar and Angel were active militants of the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common. They were committed men who were in constant struggle for the construction of a more just and peaceful Colombia. We sympathise with your family and friends.

The ex-combatants of the FARC-EP and members of the Common Revolutionary Alternative Force have been the object of constant persecution by armed actors that seek to destabilize the implementation of the peace accords and generate fear and anxiety among those of us who believe in the path of reconciliation, because to date more than 30 ex-combatants have been killed.

We see with concern that the culture of physical elimination of the political opposition continues to make a career in Colombia, and that it is not fulfilled to provide security guarantees for the exercise of the policy to the new political party that emerged from the transformation of the FARC.

Complying with the agreement in Havana, we have been holding meetings and meetings with the communities with the aim of socialising our political proposal. We call on the Colombian State and the competent authorities to speak out against the systematic murders not only of our comrades, but also of social leaders and human rights defenders, and take measures so that political genocide is not repeated. what happened with the Patriotic Union. In addition, it is necessary, urgently, to comply with the Peace Agreement in the sense of dismantling the paramilitary structures.

May peace not cost us one more death!

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