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Colombia: Army uproot coca plantations in fresh 'confrontation' with ex-Farc07:52

Colombia: Army uproot coca plantations in fresh 'confrontation' with ex-Farc

Colombia, Tumaco
August 13, 2018 at 10:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

In the south-west rural area of Tumaco near the border with Ecuador, large coca plantations have become a bone of contention between Farc (People’s Army) dissidents turned farmers and the Colombian army.

Footage from Monday shows army troops uprooting entire coca plantations deemed illegal by the state.

"What we all want for the government to comply with us, to simply meet the institutions' demands," said a local farmer seeking to avoid conflict with the government.

Army troops have been sent to forcibly uproot entire coca plantations managed by former Farc dissidents who were allowed to farm the land after a peace deal was brokered between the government and militants struck back in 2016.

Army troops, navy, and local police are working together to control narco-trafficking exits and to eradicate the existing plantations.

"The troops work together and the navy, all armed, control the river and the police and army perform the eradication [of the plantations]," General Jorge Isaac Hoyos said.

For General Mauricio Zabala, this is matter for the Colombian state to decide, and to "give a viable solution" to the people "so that they can pass from this illegal culture into a legal one."

Colombia: Army uproot coca plantations in fresh 'confrontation' with ex-Farc07:52
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In the south-west rural area of Tumaco near the border with Ecuador, large coca plantations have become a bone of contention between Farc (People’s Army) dissidents turned farmers and the Colombian army.

Footage from Monday shows army troops uprooting entire coca plantations deemed illegal by the state.

"What we all want for the government to comply with us, to simply meet the institutions' demands," said a local farmer seeking to avoid conflict with the government.

Army troops have been sent to forcibly uproot entire coca plantations managed by former Farc dissidents who were allowed to farm the land after a peace deal was brokered between the government and militants struck back in 2016.

Army troops, navy, and local police are working together to control narco-trafficking exits and to eradicate the existing plantations.

"The troops work together and the navy, all armed, control the river and the police and army perform the eradication [of the plantations]," General Jorge Isaac Hoyos said.

For General Mauricio Zabala, this is matter for the Colombian state to decide, and to "give a viable solution" to the people "so that they can pass from this illegal culture into a legal one."

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