The Economist | 4/28/2011 1:00:00 PM
New names, old games
April 28--Criminal gangs led by former paramilitaries have become the biggest threat facing the new government.
His fate is a familiar one in Colombia. Over the past three decades between 3.5m and 6m hectares (8.6m to 15m acres) of farmland have been seized by armed thugs, according to estimates by officials. The chief villains were right-wing paramilitary groups, whose motive was in part to wrest territory from the left-wing guerrillas of the FARC.
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