InSight Crime raises the question, Is Colombia Underestimating the Scale of FARC Dissidence?
InSight Crime estimates that there are approximately 1,000 to 1,500 dissidents who have abandoned the peace process for various reasons, accounting for around 15 percent of the total number of FARC ex-combatants.
Many of the dissidents identified by InSight Crime have returned to their past strongholds to regain control of highly profitable criminal activities, mainly tied to drug trafficking, though there are a range of reasons why former fighters are abandoning the peace process.
The government’s numbers are fractions of the above figures.
Alvaro Uribe tweeted on a dissident FARC faction shooting at a government helicopter,
Disparan contra helicóptero del Ejército https://t.co/JnRTFPMSGK
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) October 17, 2017
Next we’ll hear how the “peace” will take a very long time. Can’t expect it overnight. Great consolation to the victims. https://t.co/8PkvHjgTh5
— MaryAnastasiaO'Grady (@MaryAnastasiaOG) October 18, 2017