Colombia’s largest revolutionary guerrilla group confirmed in a defiant, mocking rap video it was involved in exploratory peace talks with the government.
The “video for peace,” released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, came a week after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on TV his government had held “exploratory conversations” with the Marxist-Leninist group to end the 48-year armed conflict.
“We are coming to the negotiating table without rancor or arrogance,” FARC top commander Rodrigo Londono, known by his war alias Timochenko, said at the beginning of the video, first posted on the FARC Web site and later found on YouTube, before the singers began rapping.
They brag the government wasn’t able to defeat them.
“I’m going to Havana, this time to talk to the one who accused me of lying about peace,” the singers rap. “The bourgeois who was looking for us couldn’t defeat us.” After the song, Londono returns to the video and says, “We have sworn to win and we will win.”
Santos — who is mocked in the video as “that pedantic Chucky Santos who finds the need to ask [former Cuban leader] Fidel Castro to help with FARC” — responded to Londono’s statement “with much hope” that both sides “can settle this conflict, which has caused so much pain.” “Chucky” referred to the homicidal Chucky doll in the 1990s horror film series “Child’s Play.”