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Columbian guerrillas get kicked off of the Net
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Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 07:25:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Declan McCullagh <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Columbian guerrillas get kicked off of the Net
[Perhaps it's time to mirror the Columbian guerrillas' home page?
Volunteers, anyone? (I wonder what the British, had the Internet
existed in 1776, would have done to muzzle the colonial rebels' web
sites -- which would have called for a violent overthrow of the
government. Perhaps the founding fathers' home pages would have been
copied and mirrored in France?) --Declan]
Colombia censors guerilla home page
September 26, 1996, 4:15 p.m. PT
A Colombian guerrilla group currently involved in a bloody offensive
in the mountains and jungles, suffered a setback in its propaganda
battle when its new voice on the Internet was mysteriously silenced.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has
periodically paralyzed half the country with road blocks, found its
route to the information superhighway barred.
The Communist insurgents, who rose up in arms in 1964, embraced new
technology last year in their fight to overthrow the government by
launching a home page on the Internet.
"Using weapons naturally comes within the logic of the armed struggle.
Just fighting through the Internet would be like shooting rubber
bullets. Not using it would be like continuing to fight the army with
a 12-bore shotgun," said Marco LeDon CalarcDa, the FARC's Mexico
City-based international spokesman.
But in unexplained circumstances, which a spokeswoman for the Mexico
City-based Internet provider Teesnet said may or may not be linked to
external pressures, the plug was pulled on the service Monday--a day
after being publicized in Colombia's leading daily, El Tiempo.
CalarcDa admitted the loss of the Internet page was a serious reversal
but vowed the computer-age conflict was far from over.
The Colombian guerrillas used their Web site to publish their
political magazine Resistencia, whose distribution is banned in
Colombia, and to offer explanations about their latest armed actions.
FARC, labeled narcoguerrillas since the 1980s when U.S. ambassador
Lewis Tambs highlighted the group's alleged connections with
Colombia's drugs trade, have been dubbed cyberspace guerrillas since
their appearance on the Internet.
"Cyberspace guerrillas may seem a fun name but I think it is
pejorative and belittles what we're doing," said LeDon CalarcDa. "We
are looking to topple the government and set up a new Colombia.
In the four weeks since the FARC unleashed its latest offensive with
an attack on a jungle base in southern Putumayo province, more than
150 soldiers, police, and civilians have died.