A Colombian rebels-released rap video is the latest attempt to promote peace talks by the extreme Marxist terrorist group FARC.
The 4-minute rap, called "Colombians, everybody to the peace talks," was released Tuesday and produced in Havana by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, The Associated Press reported
The video, which features Dutch-born guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer and several Cuban rappers who support FARC's revolutionary cause, pays tribute to Colombia’s poor farmers while specifically showcasing Miguel Pascuas, who is one of FARC's founders and original guerilla fighters. Nijmeijer is currently wanted in the U.S. for her role in the 2003 kidnapping of three American defense contractors.
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FARC accompanied the release of the video with the statement, "To reach peace, we must learn to speak without fear, without taboos."
In the video, FARC extols the virtue of the simple peasant farmer while portraying the nation's security forces as abusive, targeting society's most marginalized groups.
Colombians will head to the polls later this month as President Juan Manuel Santos stakes his re-election bid on a promise to negotiate a landmark accord with the FARC, the AP noted.
In recent months, Santos' rival, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, has gained support in the polls in part for his increasingly critical assessment of the president's handling of FARC negotiations. Zuluaga is an ally of powerful former President Alvaro Uribe.
In November 2013, representatives from the Colombian government and FARC met in Cuba and reached an agreement on two of the six issues being negotiated: political participation and land reform, the BBC reported
. Disarmament, implementation of a peace accord, illicit narcotics, and victim’s rights, are the issues still to be resolved.
In addition to displacing hundreds of thousands of people over the five decades of armed conflict between FARC and the government, the ongoing violence has also contributed to the deaths of an estimated 220,000 people, according to Colombia's National Center for Historical Memory, the BBC noted.
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