One of Colombia’s most notorious drug-trafficking gangs “Los Rastrojos” sent threatening emails and letters to over 60 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), senators and human rights activists, Colombian human rights NGO the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES) said Tuesday.
CODHES said that along with its own members, groups such as the United Nations Development Program, as well as Colombian Senators Alexander Lopez, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo, and Jorge Enrique Robledo, have received threatening messages from the criminal gang.
Trade unionists and displaced citizens were also targeted.
The threats warn recipients to “leave behind subversive, archaic discussion which favors the rights and ideologies of the ‘narcoterrorists,’ from the FARC and ELN to all their accomplices from the past and present.”
It went on, “we reserve out right to fight for a country free of scum like you, the only thing you do is to deceive the people, teaching them communist doctrines.”
The threats were signed “Armed group Los Rastrojos – Urban Commandos.”
The Cauca-based group is one of Colombia’s biggest drug-trafficking gangs and has control of export routes to Central America, Mexico and the United States.