Paramilitary Bands Siege Chocó: Hundreds of People Displaced; House by House Search (S)
Although the war is supposed to be ending, the people of Chocó are warning any way they can that it’s not the case. As recently as this Tuesday, dwellers of the township of Domingodó (Riosucio) felt once more the same fear caused in 1997 by the men of the Elmer Cárdenas block of the AUC [paramilitaries], when they displaced about 3,500 people from the municipality. Area residentes report that at dawn yesterday, armed men of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC) entered the area to threaten and intimidate people.
Residents said that four paramilitaries wearing camouflage and carrying long and short firearms entered the village. The rest of their units — in excess of 600 troops in Bajo Atrato Chocoano– settled in the neighboring areas. “The last thing a resident told us was that one of the paramilitaries who entered Domingodó was frantically looking for people in some houses. It’s known is that the Gaitanistas took a villager, who was released a few minutes later,” a member of a social organization told Espectador, asking to remain anonymous. El Espectador