Clan del Golfo rejects the Army’s announcement about Operation Darién
by order of the president Gustavo Petro, he National Army reactivated his offensive against the gulf clan or as the armed group calls itself Colombian Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces (AGC). The announcement was made after the agreement between the parties was broken. This is how the offensive against the largest drug trafficking group in the country called Operation Darien with the participation of more than 6,000 uniformedof according to what was reported by the institution.
The news did not sit well with the illegal armed group, as in a statement they announced their dissatisfaction with the measures taken by the National governmentnoting that the decision caught his attention and that he was surprised that despite the motto he maintained as “Government of Life”, the response to the attacks that the group carries out against the Army and the civilian population is militarization.
“It is striking that the solution is the execution of large military operations, which by the way have not achieved the proposed objectives of dismantling the AGC, but which have led to great abuses against the civilian population, affecting the lives of rural communities. and ethnic groups, as we have denounced on several occasions,” said the illegal group that is currently led by Jobanis de Jesús Ávila Villadiego, alias ‘Bad Boy’.
The reaction of the armed structure goes much further, since it not only indicates surprise, but also accuses the petro government of carrying out a smear campaign against “our organization, falsely accusing us of everything that happens in this violent society. The way has thus been prepared for large-scale military interventions, such as those that have been carried out in the past”.
Regarding the Army operation, it is known that it will seek the capture of the top leaders of the organization (alias Javier or Chiquito Malo, the second in command and who replaced Siopas, alias Gonzalito and the third in command, alias Rodrigo Flechas); in addition to the weakening of the structure and the illicit economies that they develop. In this way, taking into account that the Clan del Golfo is in several areas of the country, the military will be deployed from uraba antioquia and the Chocoan Darien.
“This operation seeks to put total pressure on the territory that allows us to affect illicit economies. It implies that we are going to reach the Darién plug where these groups have sold, affecting the community,” General Luis Ospina, commander of the National Army, noted a few days ago at the W Radius.
And he added: “We have the participation of the National Navy, the Air Force, the cavalry brigade and the Police. Regarding the balloon effect, when we press on one side and they go to another, the important thing is not to let them think, little by little they will make mistakes and it will allow us to capture it”.
In March, after a difficult public order situation in the region of Lower Cauca Antioquia in the context of the mining strike and after multiple human rights violations against the civilian population, Petro announced that despite the efforts to request the cessation of hostilities the gulf clan He showed that he was not willing to comply with the truce, so the president himself announced the end of the agreement that would have been announced on December 31, 2022.
“They have left Tarazá without drinking water, by breaking the pipes. The gulf clan against the humble people”, President Petro noted and added: “Affecting a city’s drinking water is putting the lives of boys and girls, of every human being, at risk. The gulf clan with its hostility against the population has broken the ceasefire”.
Subsequently, and after the rejection of various sectors of the Government and national politics, the end of the agreement between the parties was announced and the president asked the Army to resume operations against the narco-paramilitary structure.