Candidates backed by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), an ostensibly illegal right-wing paramilitary army responsible for murders, kidnappings, and drug-trafficking, are in a position to take control of nearly a third of the seats in Colombia's upcoming parliamentary elections.
How is this possible? A high-profile "peace agreement," an amnesty for "former" paramilitaries, and a government in philosophical congruence with right-wing terror. Rodrigo Tovar Pupo was a regional leader of the AUC, who handed in his weapons on Friday.
Tovar Pupo, who's accused of several massacres against civilians as well as being a major drug-trafficker, reigned over much of Colombia's Caribbean coast, deciding who could and could not run for public office.These are murderers, and they have always controlled the Colombian government. Now, soon, they will be the Colombian government.
And these are our allies.