Right-wing extremists are most likely to be behind the Thursday bombing of a Bogota park that damaged a statue of former President Laureano Gomez and a number of homes, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday.
According to the President, the involvement of left-wing guerrilla groups or activists is hardly probable.
“The far right was possibly responsible for the bomb in Bogota the day before yesterday, that shocked us for its symbolism. The authorities have practically ruled it it was the extreme left or the FARC. This was more likely the extreme right that doesn’t want us from moving forward,” Santos said in a speech.
“Because of this, the majority, and not just a majority, but an overwhelming 97-98 percent of the people condemn the FARC and I am sure an equal percentage condemns this extreme right. The 95% of Colombians that wants to move forward will not be intimidated. On the contrary, we will use our law and authorities and security forces to uncover the perpetrators of these acts of terrorism,” said Santos.
Colombia has seen decades of violence by politically motivated guerrillas no the extreme left of the political spectrum and paramilitaries or neo-paramilitaries on the other side.