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Colombia: Police clamp down on FARC rally01:12

Colombia: Police clamp down on FARC rally

Colombia, Bogota
May 21, 2014 at 02:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Colombia: Police clamp down on FARC rally

Hundreds of supporters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) left-wing guerrilla movement held a rally in Bogota on Tuesday to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the group's founding.

Clashes broke out between marchers and members of the ESMAD riot police unit, who attempted to block the route of the demonstration and make arrests.

FARC was officially formed in 1964 after a military attack against the farming community of Marquetalia, which drove activists and fighters into hiding in the mountains and isolated rural areas. Negotiations towards ending armed conflict with the Colombian government have been ongoing since the mid-1980s, with official peace talks re-commencing in 2012.

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Colombia: Police clamp down on FARC rally

Hundreds of supporters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) left-wing guerrilla movement held a rally in Bogota on Tuesday to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the group's founding.

Clashes broke out between marchers and members of the ESMAD riot police unit, who attempted to block the route of the demonstration and make arrests.

FARC was officially formed in 1964 after a military attack against the farming community of Marquetalia, which drove activists and fighters into hiding in the mountains and isolated rural areas. Negotiations towards ending armed conflict with the Colombian government have been ongoing since the mid-1980s, with official peace talks re-commencing in 2012.

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