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    Posted April 17, 2014 by
    Cornelius, North Carolina
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    In Memoriam

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    As Colombian, I have no words to express my deep pain for the death of this giant....My condolences to Mercedes, his wife and his sons... I grew up reading the Gabo's books, especially 100 years of Solitude....I was several times in Aracataca, the tiny, hot and sandy Gabo's hometown, filled up with peasants and merchants that inspired him to write 100 years of Solitude. However, few people ask why Gabo moved to Mexico instead of living in Colombia. For decades, a dangerous radical right wing in Colombia has kept the power through rigged, tainted and bribed elections with the support of the Military and groups of bloodthirsty right wing paramilitaries. Two decades ago, a guerrilla group wanted lay down their arms and violence, returning in peace to the politic field as an opposition Party. Then they found Union Patriotica. In less than 4 years, up 5,000 of its members were killed by hitmen with the complicity of the Government. Everybody in Colombia knew who were the killers....When the Union Patriotica leaders, scholars, professionals, journalists and writers started protesting these murders (until today, nobody has been arrested), then they began to receive threats and many civic leaders including several Presidential candidates and journalists were murdered. Gabo was among that group of outspoken writers who wrote strong articles criticizing the corrupt Government's position and the obscene impunity. Then he begins to receive credible death threats so he decided to flee to Mexico. Although he returned years later several times to Colombia as visitor, the death threats against him were kept on. NOTE: Only between 2002 and 2010, in Colombia, during arch right-wing President Alvaro Uribe tenure were assassinated 257.000 people by the right-wing paramilitary groups and over 4 million peasants were displaced of their small farms to avoid to be killed.
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