Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia AGC (Gulf Clan) about the past armed strike and fake of new one:
1. On May 8 at 6 in the afternoon, the armed strike that we advance in our areas of influence. Consequently, all the daily tasks can be carried out with total normality. We call on the community not to believe some pamphlets that are appearing on social media promoting the strike again are totally False
2. The strike had the purpose of protests against the national government of Mr. Duque For violation of victims rights , and society in general to know the truth about what happened with the armed conflict in the country and the hasty extradition of Dairo Antonio Usuga, who was our commander Otoniel.
3. The unhurried reason to silence the truth before the victims and before Colombian society in a violent and vindictive gesture on the part of the president of the republic when Mr. Dairo Antonio Usuga was honoring the truth before the victims, a truth that also affects officials and to high-ranking officers of the public force and distinguished politicians, in their eagerness to silence that truth, they disappeared Mr. Matamba to justify the quick extradition and not allow our commander to become a peace broker with truth and reparation for the extradition victims as they make believe the high government if not the way
4. We hold the national government responsible for the vehicles of all kinds that were destroyed by the strike. The national government, in its inability to provide security to citizens, arrogantly imposed transport mobility as if nothing were happening, so the AGC members were forced to incinerate the vehicles so that the strike orders could be carried out
5. We apologize to citizens for the inconvenience caused by unemployment. Many communities have expressed their solidarity with us for the reasons that caused the strike, for which we are grateful.
6. Lastly, we are more united than ever, despite the malicious rumors of alleged divisions in the AGC. We will continue with our objectives of achieving a more equitable society for all Colombians
Montañas del Urabá, May 12, 2022
Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia
From the morning of May 5 until midnight on May 9, the armed group enforced a self-declared “armed strike” across the country’s northwest to protests against Iván Duque government , violation of victims rights , and society in general to know the truth about what happened with the armed conflict in the country and the hasty extradition of Dairo Antonio Usuga to the United States also known as Otoniel its commander.
The Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia or Gulf Clan took control of 11 of Colombia’s 32 departments over the four-day span. It imposed strict lockdowns, shuttered local businesses, closed off roads, disrupted transportation links, and warned residents to stay inside or risk being shot or having their vehicles burned.
Several towns ran out of basic supplies such as food and gas, while local hospitals faced staff shortages. Elsewhere, families were stranded at transport terminals, unable to get home due to blocked roads, local media reported.
The “Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia” (AGC), a.k.a. “Gulf Clan,” is Colombia’s most powerful paramilitary group that allegedly controls most of the country’s drug trade.
Authorities formally consider the AGC a “Class A Organized Armed Group” and claim the group is the main ally of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico.
The proto-group of the AGC initially called themselves “Los Urabeños” when the Centauros Bloc of AUC split over territorial disputes in the central Meta and Guaviare provinces in 2003.
Otoniel and his Urabeños started a war with the rival “Buitrageños” group.
The leader of the Centauros Bloc, Miguel Arroyave, was murdered by his own men in 2004 after which his finance chief, “Don Mario,” returned to the Uraba region.
Otoniel led the demobilized of the Centauros Bloc under the name of “Mauricia” in Yopal, Casanare, in September 2005.
Mario demobilized in August 2006 with the “Elmer Cardenas Bloc” of his brother “El Aleman” in Uraba.
Los Buitragueños demobilized half a year later under the leadership of Pedro Oliveiro Guerrero, a.k.a. “Cuchillo,” in Puerto Lleras, Meta.