Dutch FARC guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer warns the Colombian government not to rescue her, saying “we will meet them with AK-47s, bazookas, mines, mortars, everything.”
A heavily-armed Nijmeijer was interviewed by journalist Jorge Enrique Botero in August, a month before Colombian armed forces’ bombing of the camp of the FARC’s military commander “Mono Jojoy” sparked media speculation that the Dutch guerrilla had died.
In the video interview, the Dutch guerrilla makes it clear that she is not interested in surrendering.
“If the army and government of Colombia still think or say I was kidnapped let them come here and rescue me,” she told the journalist.
“I am a fighter for the Colombian revolutionary forces and I will remain so until victory is achieved or until I die. There is no turning back. I am proud to be a guerrilla and to be able to work together with the Colombian people and the other guerrillas, to take power and proclaim the revolution,” Nijmeijer added.
The Dutch militant joined the FARC in 2002 and assumed the alias of Eillen and later Alexandra.
The Colombian government promised to allow Nijmeijer to return to the Netherlands if she decided to desert the guerrilla group. A right-wing Dutch politician volunteered to try to persuade the guerrilla to come home.