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Colombia Is Slipping Back Toward Violence. The Next President Can Stop That.
Colombia Is Slipping Back Toward Violence. The Next President Can Stop That.

Colombia Is Slipping Back Toward Violence. The Next President Can Stop That.

Originally published in The New York Times

Last month a criminal armed group shut down much of the northern third of Colombia — largely uncontested. “We decree four days of Armed Strike from this moment,” read the May 5 pamphlet ordering the population to stay indoors, the shops to close and the roads to be empty. The Gulf Clan, a paramilitary-style drug trafficking group, initiated the strike against the Colombian government in retaliation for the capture and extradition of its leader, Dairo Antonio Úsuga, known as Otoniel, to the United States. “We are not responsible for what happens to those who do not comply,” the group warned ominously.

 

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