|Marchers on Seventh Ave. carry a sign reading 'No More.'|
|A dove hangs before City Hall.|
|Mounted police stand in the Justice Palace above a sign referring to the military's successful 2008 rescue of guerrilla hostages, called Operation Checkmate. The graffiti and paintball marks are from recent protests by public university students.|
|Photographs represent 11 deputies from the Cali area|
whom the guerrillas kidnapped in 2002 and murdered
in the jungle in 2008.
But the FARC are no solution to these problems, and in fact make them worse. I shudder to think what would happen if a vicious organization like the FARC did somehow achieve power.
|Displaced people, invisible victims of Colombia's |
conflict, demand assistance from the government.
Many are victims of the guerrillas.
And the recent election of Gustavo Petro, one-time leader of the M-19 guerrillas, as mayor of Bogotá shows once again that legal, democratic routes to power exist, even for revolutionary leftists.
|47 years of destruction and lies against the |
Colombian people - No More FARC!
Despite being weaker than ever, the FARC have shown few signs of openness to negotiations. But, with a huge income from the illegal cocaine trade, the government will have a hard time defeating them militarily. The strongest blow Colombia and the world could deal Colombia's guerrillas (and the Taliban and many other violent groups) would be to legalize and regulate illegal drugs.
|A group carries a Virgin Mary statue across Plaza Bolivar.|
|Christ is the real solution, says this banner.|
|The El Tiempo newspaper building dressed in white.|
|A man shows off a T-shirt with FARV written on it, a reference to evidence that Venezuela has supported the FARC guerrillas.|
|A homeless man stands in front of figures of deputies from Cali murdered by the FARC in 2008.|
|This man's sign called for the government to agree to a prisoner exchange with the FARC guerrillas.|
|This couple displayed photos of their disappeared son.|
|People sit watching on the edge of the Justice Palace.|
|Police pay tribute to fallen comrades.|
|Repent and convert - Jesus Christ is coming soon.|
|Mounted police, called carabineros, stand above a sign calling for the Humanitarian Accord, which the national government opposes. When I returned to the plaza in the evening this sign had been taken down, altho by whom I don't know.|
|Demonstrators call for a prisoner exchange between the guerrillas and the government.|
|A telescope, trained on Monserrate, appears to be aimed at a dove.|
|A snack vendor tries to interest the bored anti-riot police.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours