Headline | 2/17/2009 12:00:00 AM
FARC acknowledge murdering eight indigenous peasants
According to a press statement released on Tuesday in internet, the main Colombian rebel group admitted they had killed eight members of the indigenous group Awá, which is based in Southern Colombia.
In the statement it is said that they “were executed” because they took part in the armed conflict. “This wasn’t against indigenous peasants. It was against people who, irrespective of their race, religion, ethnic group, social condition, and so on, accepted money and worked with the army in a region where there were military operations”.
Indigenous spokesperson claimed last week that 27 members of their ethnic group had been killed, but the bodies have not yet been found.