President of Colombia, Ivan Duque said this Saturday that officials are confirming information about the alleged death in Venezuela of a top leader of FARC dissidents, Luciano Marin Arango, aka “Ivan Marquez”.
Duke said, “At this time, the information is being verified. We are working with our intelligence to verify that information and obviously, as soon as we have some confirmation, we will inform it in a timely manner.” will do.”
According to local media, Márquez reportedly died in an attack, in the midst of a confrontation that a group of dissidents known as “Segunda Marquetalia” have criminal gangs. For the control of drug trafficking along the border between Colombia and Venezuela.
The Duke confirmed that the head of the FARC dissidents was “protected in Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro, known to the world.”
The Colombian government has said on several occasions that Maduro protects not only FARC dissidents in his country but also guerrilla commanders of the National Liberation Army (ELN).
for its part, Defense Minister Diego Molano assured that recent information indicates that the alias “Ivan Marquez” “I was looking to get out of Venezuela.”
Marquez was the head of the FARC negotiating team at the talks in Havana, which led to the signing of a peace deal with that guerrilla on 24 November 2016.
However, in August 2019, Marquez abandoned the peace deal and, along with other former guerrilla commanders, took up arms again, alleging that the Colombian government was not complying with the agreement.
The guerrilla was part of the FARC commanders, and even became one of the successors to that guerrilla’s then chief, aka “Alfonso Cano”, who was killed in a military operation in 2011.
a life in guerrillas
Luciano Marin Arango, 67, has been in guerrillas for more than 40 years.
He was born on 16 June 1955 in Florence. Capital of the Southern Department of Caqueta, And his records indicate that he joined the 14th Front of the FARC in the early 1980s, shortly before the peace process with the government of then-President Belisario Betancur, which led to the birth of the left-wing Patriotic Union (UP) party.
Dissidents killed in Venezuela
Amid controversies in Venezuela, other FARC dissidents have been murdered, such as Miguel Botache Santanilla, known as “Gentil Duarte”, whose death was confirmed last May in a confrontation with another group of former guerrillas. Had happened. The state of Zulia, located on the border with Colombia.
In Venezuela were also assassinated Henri Castellanos, aka “Romana” and Hernán Darío Velásquez, aka “El Paisa”, who are considered the two most bloodthirsty leaders in the world. Ex FARC Guerrilla And that they were part of the “Second Marquetalia”.
In mid-May last year, in a confrontation between dissidents in Venezuela, it was also learned of the death of one of the leaders of the “Second Marquetalia”, Sixes Pausias Hernández Solrte, aka “Jesus Centric”.