Colombia: June 5, 2001

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As if things weren't miserable enough, the AUC, in its continuing battle against left wing rebels, has taken the war to the universities. Long a recruiting ground for the left, idealistic students and leftist professors are now being targeted for assassination and intimidation by the AUC. Using informers in the classroom. The AUC has been compiling hit lists and killing enough campus leftists to put a chill on leftist activity. What's ironic about this is that the students have already been put off by the increasing links between the leftist rebel groups and the drug gangs. Although the leftist rebels still talk the talk, they walk like gangsters. But many in the universities still give at least lip service to the socialist ideals the rebels used to practice and preach. And some secretive university groups still practice radical action like bombings and leftist propaganda. 

 

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