Forwarded from Anthony
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 10 15:24:54 MDT 2002
Lasts night's TV news in Colombia was pretty interesting. After all of
the 9/11 related hoopla - mostly about Colombians killed in the World
Trade Center last year - they got around to the local news.
The big local story consisted of video of 1,700 mortar shells, and the
factory that made them, and pictures of four people captured in the
factory. The police allege that the four are FARC members, that the
factory was a FARC munitions factory in Bogotá, that the factory was
equipped with machinery pruchased somewhere in Eastern Europe, and that
the polilce informants had led them tot he factory and plans for the use
of the mortars which included blowing up 30 odd buildings in Bogotá,
including the Presidential Palace, bank buildings and so on.
Nightly the news features masked informers being paid off by the police
for information on the FARC. Military raids near the Atlantic coast -
televised no less - have featured a hooded woman the military says is a
former FARC commander - who leads the troops to the places they raid and
the people they arrest.
Family members of many of those arrested by the Marines in the north are
demanding to know where their arrested relatives are, how they are being
treated, and proclaiming the innocence of those arrested - despite the
danger to etheir own lives of being killed, kidnapped, or arrested.
Later in the news, just before the fashion news and sports, there was a
very brief report on the one day national strike of government workers.
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