Facebook v FARC

Massive protests against FARC have taken place in Colombia and in almost 100 other cities across the world. The outpouring is even more extraordinary as it began as the idea of a 33 year old Colombian Facebook member:

The protest was started less than a month ago on the social networking website Facebook by a 33-year-old engineer, Oscar Morales, from his home in Barranquilla on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Over 250,000 Facebook users signed on, and the movement was taken up by newspapers and radio and television stations across the country.

  • Facebook versus FARC

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  • iluvni

    Has Catriona Ruane signed yet?

  • There is a lot to object to with Farc of course. I think there is a concern though that at a time when there are negotiated settlements and the possibility of actually getting some longer term resolution the right have used this to try to drive a wedge into those very positive moves.

    It’s interesting that by and large human rights groups in Colombia and even many of Farc’s direct political opponents have opposed this action because of the implications for the process.

    I’d have to ask does this day of action help or hinder peaceful solutions in Columbia – A lot of people seem to be saying that they are not helpful.

  • Dec

    If FARC go away Colombia would be a great wee place (if you ignore all those right-wing death squads, that is).

  • Diluted Orange

    [i]If FARC go away Colombia would be a great wee place (if you ignore all those right-wing death squads, that is).[/i]

    Might just take a wee paid vacation there myself. I hear the rebels pay well for foreign tuition, especially if received from the Irish.

  • picador

    No more kidnappings! No more lies! No more deaths! No more FARC! And no more bird-spotting holidays in the jungle either!

  • aquifer

    FARC: “If the suffering of those in captivity has been unjustifiably prolonged … this has been because of the inhuman intransigence and worthless pride of President Uribe”

    And nothing to do with FARC trying to project power and threat by abusing basic human rights.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Jim Jay: “There is a lot to object to with Farc of course. I think there is a concern though that at a time when there are negotiated settlements and the possibility of actually getting some longer term resolution the right have used this to try to drive a wedge into those very positive moves. ”

    What, like FARC’s negotiating in bad faith to turn over three prisoners, one of which they didn’t have, trying to cover their own deception by claiming the government scotched the trade?

  • darth rumsfeld

    If only FARC would disappear the RSPB could send official tours out to look at the local birdlife instead of the amateur ..er..pirate..operations that we have to put up with.

  • Dan Bert

    I would like to contact Mr. Oscar Morales of the COLOMBIASOYYO organization to discuss a new idea for the projects on behalf of Peace in Colombia. Could you give me an email for Mr. Morales? Thank you. Dan Bert

    Quisiera comunicarme con el Sr. Oscar Morales de la organizacion COLOMBIASOYYO.COM para presentarle una nueva idea en favor de la paz en Colombia. Mucho les agradeceria me suministraran una direccion email para contactar al Sr. Morales. Muchas gracias. Dan Bert