The directors of ANNCOL and two other news organizations sympathetic to the FARC asked the Swedish government for protection on Thursday, in response to “threats” from the Colombian president.
The directors of ANNCOL, Radio Cafe Stereo, and the Jaime Pardo Real Association claim that recent remarks by Uribe have put them in danger. According to their statement, they “denounce and reject the threats reiterated by the Colombian government and its other ‘dark advisors’, against the physical and psychological integrity of (their) members.”
The directors, Miguel Suarez, Roberto Gutierrez, and Cecilia Calero, go on to claim that president Uribe’s recent remarks on the radio are calls for their assasination.
Uribe, in an interview on a regional radio station, called for an end to “the criminal … and other bandits who are Colombian professionals that live … in Sweden and other countries,” and who are “helpers to terrorists.”
The journalists implored the Swedish government do everything in their power to protect them against the “enormous dangers of the government of Bogota.”