"No" voter’s had barely won Sunday’s vote to reject the plan to end the 52 year war. Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia and Rodrigo Londrigo, top FARC commander (Timochenko) are still looking for peace. “I will keep seeking peace until the last minute of my term,” said Santos. “Count on us, peace will triumph, Timochenko added.
Colombian People Demand Retribution
Many are appalled that the previous deal involved the rebels facing no jail time and would receive aid to acclimate back into society. Within the previous peace deal the guerillas were discussing that they be instated as a legalized political party and had plans to launch candidates for office as soon as 2018. Voters are demanding that the rebels hand in all cash earned from drug smuggling, spend time in jail, as well as earn their political future via vote rather than get a guaranteed seat in Congress without election.
52 Year War Continues to Harbor Animosity
With over 200,000 lives lost and millions displaced, voters harbor hostility towards the rebels. "We never thought this could happen," said sociologist and "No" voter Mabel Castano, 37. "Now I just hope the government, the opposition and the FARC come up with something intelligent that includes us all." Many “no” voters including President Alvaro Uribe argue that the guerillas need to confess to their crimes, serve time in jail, and never be allowed to enter politics. The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) had admitted to have trafficked drugs, recruited minors, and massacred substantial number of people. Some voters fear that assets obtained from these actions will be hidden.
"How sad. It seems Colombia has forgotten about the cruelty of war, our deaths, our injured, our mutilated, our victims and the suffering we've all lived through with this war," said Adriana Rivera, 43, a Philosophy professor at the headquarters of the "Yes" campaign.