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Piñera condemns links of Chile’s communists, Mapuche militants and FARC

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 03:53 UTC
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Communist party president Guillermo Teillier admitted contacts with FARC Communist party president Guillermo Teillier admitted contacts with FARC

Responding to a recent document linking activists from the indigenous Mapuches and Chile's Communist Party to Colombian guerrilla group FARC, President Sebastián Piñera condemned any collaboration between Chileans and violent groups.

Colombia’s prosecutor general delivered a document to Chilean authorities last month that detailed Chilean ties to FARC. In the document, seven Communist Party (CP) members, including party President Guillermo Teillier and Lautaro Carmona, are cited as having political ties with the group.

Teillier, now an elected deputy to Congress, said his party had never denied communicating with FARC, which caused an uproar in Congress but insisted that the CP never worked directly with FARC.

Piñera said that in his last visit to Bogotá he discussed the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

“I approached President Santos about the ties with the FARC and Chile,” Piñera said. “We agreed to maintain a partnership to end the links between Colombian terrorists and terrorist groups operating in Chile.”

”Anyone who has had any connections with terrorist groups owes an explanation to the country,” Piñera added. “Not only those who have had operational cooperation in terrorism, but also those who have had cooperation at the political level. The terrorists must be fought on all fronts.”

Piñera said information in the Colombian document helped link what he called terrorism in Araucanía, mainly by indigenous Mapuche groups, with FARC.

By Kayla Ruble – Santiago Times
 

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Hoytred

    “... Piñera said information in the Colombian document helped link what he called terrorism in Araucanía, mainly by indigenous Mapuche groups, with FARC...”

    Sounds like an excuse for a 'crackdown' ............ Hitler used the same technique!

    Aug 18th, 2010 - 06:05 am 0
  • Think

    (2) Hoyt
    Sadly, you are right..... The Mapuches have become a nuisance for the Big Capital and their Mega Projects in Patagonia.....
    More than 70 Mapuches have been on hungerstrikes during the last couple of months in Chile ...... Did you read anything about it in here? In this “MercoSur News Agency”? No.....
    But look in their archives how many times the 20 or so Cuban hungerstrikers have been mentioned........
    Luckily there are different times now and this old strategy of calling people terrorist and dissapearing them does not work so well anymore.... At least in our part of the world :-)

    Aug 18th, 2010 - 12:01 pm 0
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