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The Indigenous Guard of Colombia

An article from 2008 on the  Indigenous Guard, an organized self-defense group used by Indigenous communities in Colombia.

Members of the Indigenous Guard displaying their batons, symbols of their membership in the group.

Colombia: Indigenous Self Defense in Times of War

by Raúl Zibechi, 05/06/2008,  the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy

The Cordillera Central is one of the prime regions torn by the war between the Colombian military and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). The rural population, which is mostly lower class and of indigenous decent, and consequently the sector of the Colombian populous most dramatically hit by the armed confrontations, defends itself through the “Indigenous War.” Read the rest of this entry