FARC rebels fear paramilitary reprisals if they disarm

Commander of FARC leftist guerrilla Pablo Catatumbo, pictured on April 6, 2016, laid out a list of worries raised by guerrillas as they contemplate disarming and transitioning to civilian lifeColombia’s FARC rebels fear reprisals by right-wing paramilitaries if they ratify a peace deal with the government, a commander said Monday, underscoring the trauma left by a bloody history of assassinations. Speaking at a rebel conference to vote on the historic deal, Pablo Catatumbo, a member of the general staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), listed guerrillas’ various fears as they contemplate disarming and transitioning to civilian life. Chief among them was the fear of revenge attacks by the remnants of right-wing paramilitary groups founded in the 1980s to fight them.

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