Posted on September 25, 2017 9:46 am
Categories: Drugs

Violent Clashes Reported Throughout Colombia as Farmers Oppose Eradication of Coca Crops

Colombia’s security forces have had at least twenty-one major clashes with coca farmers amid claims the government is breaking agreements made in a crop substitution program.

The clashes threaten the credibility of the United Nations-supported counter-narcotics strategy that seeks to drastically reduce coca cultivation through the voluntary substitution of coca plants, the base ingredient of cocaine, for legal plants such as cocoa, coffee, or banana. Atticus Ballesteros, Colombia Reports.