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| 9/1/2010 12:00:00 AM

Mass grave or massive propaganda?

September 1--It was said to be the largest mass grave in Latin America containing 2,000 bodies.

The shocking news led to a Congressional hearing and visits from international human rights activists who toured the southern town of La Macarena where the dead — victims of the war between the Colombian army and Marxist guerrillas — were supposedly buried.
 
Sen. Piedad Cordoba, of the opposition Liberal Party, denounced “a massive massacre” and blamed the Colombian military. Adding to the confusion was the government’s Inspector General who in January published a thinly documented report alluding to a mass grave in La Macarena.

The truth, it seems, is a little more complicated — and a lot less sensational.

Read more here.

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