Government followers reject deportation of alleged FARC member Joaquín Pérez Becerra


Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reject the deportation to Colombia of Joaquín Pérez Becerra, an alleged member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and editor of the Stockholm-based Noticias Nueva Colombia (Anncol) news agency. They defended him on the grounds that his detention was a violation to human rights.


Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez “did not hesitate,” said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: Colombia’s President Office)


Joaquín Pérez Becerra, also known as Alberto Martínez, arrived in Bogotá from Venezuela, and told reporters that he does not belong to any subversive group (Handout photo)

Santos asks Chávez to arrest alleged Colombian guerrilla Joaquín Pérez Becerra

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on April 24 that Joaquín Pérez Becerra, an alleged leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was detained on April 23 in Venezuela, after a request he made to his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez.

Santos said that he called Chávez on April 23 to ask him to arrest “Alberto Martínez,” also known as Pérez Becerra, who had boarded a flight from Frankfurt (Germany) to Caracas on April 23, Efe reported.

“I gave him the name and I asked him to help me catch him,” Santos said. He revealed details about the detention during a visit to the town of Cajicá, which was affected by floods, along with other towns located in the northern part of the Bogotá savannah. Torrential rains have kept most of Colombia on high alert.

Chávez “did not hesitate,” Santos said. The Colombian president added that he talked on April 24 in the morning with his Venezuelan counterpart to thank him for his cooperation in the fight against guerrillas.

“I called President Chávez this morning and I thanked him,” stressed the Colombian president to highlight the importance of the detention of the Colombian citizen.

The arrested man, who lives in exile in Europe, is the director of the Stockholm-based Noticias Nueva Colombia (Anncol) news agency, which frequently disseminates documentation about the armed conflict in the Andean country and about the FARC.

Santos said that Pérez Becerra “is the leader of the FARC’s international front in Europe.”

As such, “he has been responsible for so many years of all this bad publicity that the FARC has made against Colombia in Europe,” Santos said. “We were behind him for a long time and fortunately he has been detained,” he added.

Pérez Becerra was arrested at Maiquetía international airport on April 23 by Venezuelan security forces. The Colombian government expects that the Venezuelan authorities hand over the alleged guerrilla soon.

April 25

Venezuelan Communist Party rejects detention of alleged FARC leader

Venezuela’s Communist Party rejected on April 25 the detention of Joaquín Pérez Becerra, an alleged leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and asked Hugo Chávez’s government to release him immediately.

Pérez Becerra was arrested at Maiquetía international airport April 23, when he arrived in a flight from Frankfurt. Following a request from his Colombian counterpart, Chávez is expected to extradite the alleged FARC member to Bogotá.

Oscar Figuera, the secretary-general of Venezuela’s Communist Party (PCV), accused the Executive Office of supporting the position of the US imperialism and the Colombian oligarchy and making concessions to them.

Figuera said that Pérez Becerra is “arrested in the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) and banned from communicating with anyone,” which is a violation of the Constitution.

April 26

Alleged FARC member is handed to Colombian authorities

Joaquín Pérez Becerra, also known as Alberto Martínez, who is an alleged member of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and editor of the Stockholm-based Noticias Nueva Colombia (Anncol) news agency, arrived on April 26 in Bogotá, deported from Venezuela.

Alberto Martínez was arrested at Maiquetía international airport on April 23 following a red notice issued by the International Police (Interpol).

After Martínez’s deportation from Venezuela, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez “for his cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism.”

Martínez arrived on April 25 in the military and police airport of Catam, Bogotá, and told reporters that he does not belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Efe reported.

Colombia thanks Chávez for Pérez Becerra’s extradition

Colombia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín thanked on April 26 Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez for the extradition of the alleged leader of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) Joaquín Pérez Becerra and deemed it a “proof” that both countries can work together.

“I think that the action yesterday (April 25) of the Venezuelan government in sending to Colombia a guerrilla member of the FARC shows that we can work together,” Holguín told reporters, as quoted by Efe.

Pérez Becerra, the alleged FARC “chancellor” in Europe and the editor of a news agency which spreads information on the FARC, was delivered up to Colombian authorities by the Venezuelan government after his capture last weekend at the Maiquetía international airport.

“We are convinced that the relationship with Venezuela is well on its way and we will keep on going that way,” said the minister, who is attending in Caracas the Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development (Lacsid).

April 28

Government followers reject deportation of alleged FARC member

Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reject the deportation to Colombia of Joaquín Pérez Becerra, an alleged member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and editor of the Stockholm-based Noticias Nueva Colombia (Anncol) news agency. They defended him on the grounds that his detention was a violation to human rights.

“We are in the streets to demand the government to respect our revolutionary comrade,” shouted one protester. The rally was convened by the Continental Bolivarian Movement (MCB), based in Caracas, AFP reported.

Protesters carried signs where they described called Nicolás Maduro, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Andrés Izarra, the Minister of Communication and Information, as “traitors” to socialism, which is promoted by the Venezuelan government.

April 29

Venezuela wants Sweden to explain Pérez Becerra’s sneaking away

The Venezuelan Foreign Office is pondering on a diplomatic note from Sweden after the delivery to Colombia of Joaquín Pérez Becerra, the alleged member of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) who was captured last Saturday at Maiquetía international airport, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro reported on Friday.

However, Maduro noted that the Swedish government should provide a rationale for letting somebody wanted by the Interpol leave the country.

Earlier, last Tuesday, in a diplomatic note the Swedish government asked Venezuela for an explanation for having surrendered to Colombia the alleged guerrilla member and editor of Anncol, a news agency on the Internet which releases materials on the FARC.

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One response to “Government followers reject deportation of alleged FARC member Joaquín Pérez Becerra

  1. Simon Bolivar

    Deporting Colombian revolutionaries to a destiny of being tortured by the US puppet government in Colombia is a mistake. Especially when the United States is unwilling to deport Posada and other terrorists that have committed acts of terrorism against the people of Latin America in the interests of US imperialism.

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