Shocker!! Chavez Defends FARC– Says It Is a Real Army Not a Terrorist Group
One man’s terrorist is another man’s Leftist killing freedom fighter.
FARC killed 117 people when they rocketed the Bojayá church in May 2002.
Hugo Chavez wants the world to declare FARC a legitimate army and not a terrorist group.
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has urged the international community to stop labelling Colombia’s left-wing rebels as terrorists, a day after mediating the release of two of their hostages.
The political aims of the groups need to be recognised, Chavez told Venezuelan politicians during his annual state of the nation speech on Friday.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) “are not terrorist groups, they are armies, real armies that occupy space in Colombia,” Chavez said.
He urged European and Latin American nations to resist what he called “US pressure”.
“I ask you [Colombian President Alvaro Uribe] that we start recognising the Farc and the ELN as insurgent forces in Colombia and not terrorist groups, and I ask the same of the governments of this continent and the world,” he said.
Funeral for FARC victims in Barbosa, Antioquia.