The Evolution of the FARC: A Guerrilla Group's Long History

Alfredo Molano

Fierce battles, often characterized by extreme cruelty, marked the early twentieth century in Colombia, as land-hungry peasants and their reformist allies faced off against the country's land-owning oligarchy, which was backed by the conservative hierarchy of the Catholic Church. The land owners and Church leaders, along with peasants under their control, were organized as the Conservative Party; other, reform-minded peasants and their allies were known as Liberals.

Tags: Colombia, FARC, guerrillas, class, land, coca

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