was through an indigenous man recruited by the guerrillas that OIPUS received
the first official FARC communication inviting him to discuss his presence in
Piaroa territory. The letter confirmed the rumors of that guerrilla penetration
when they began to notice an unusual fluvial traffic in the dawn, footprints of
boots and dismantling of spaces that looked like itinerant camps, by the roads
and rivers where they settle. The communication received by Otilio Santos,
general coordinator of OIPUS, dated May 14, 2013, did not leave room for
assumptions. FARC was inviting the communities of the Sipapo River tributaries
to a meeting with their presence in Autana as the first item on the
was the first of three meetings, which the towns and indigenous communities of
the municipality were called to, with uniformed men and women with Colombian
accent, who identified themselves as members of FARC and then of ELN. The
indigenous people of Autana opposed through their organizations to the presence
of these invaders in their territories. The assistant coordinator of OIPUS said
that in one of the meetings "they arrived and said, ‘We did not come to invade.
We did not come to harm. We did not come to recruit children. We came to protect
them’. And we told them, ‘you arrived without prior consultation. That is
already a violation of our human and customary rights. You have already
committed a crime’."
it was no use, and today the irregulars show themselves publicly in Autana. The
communities see them going by their boats and showing off their weapons.
"Before, they were not seen, they moved at night (...) but after they were
discovered, they do not care. You see them at any time in the ports, armed,
moving merchandise, visiting communities to buy food."
the OIPUS coordinator denounces also occurs in Atabapo and Manapiare
municipalities, where indigenous leaders and authorities say that nearly in all
the waterways, men and women dressed in military uniforms, patrol on the banks
of the river with rifles at their backs. The villagers identify them as members
of FARC guerrillas, and despite the peace process, for them, they are still
FARC, and the dissidents who penetrated the state of Amazonas continue holding
the mark of the armed group.