The far right in Colombia

29 05 18

Colombia’s extreme left has long been recognized as a threat to democracy. The country’s far right, however, is at least as  violent and often overlooked.

Making the distinction between democratic conservatism and fascism is difficult in Colombia. Unlike in most country’s, Colombia’s Conservative Party has traditionally opposed democracy.

Their opposition has led to multiple armed conflicts with the democratic Liberal Party until 1958.

Since “La Violencia,” the party has embraced democracy, but anti-democratic ideologies we associate with the far-right continue to be common, particularly in rural areas and in Medellin, the country’s second largest city.

The far right’s most prominent representative in contemporary politics is former President Alvaro Uribe, who is investigated by the Supreme Court for allegedly forming a death squad and on multiple occasions has opposed the rule of law.

SOURCE: Colombia Report


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