Colombian government confirmed that they received letters from the Mexican Revolutionary Forces and the RPS Armed Forces – North Cartel , two armed groups that operate in the city of Quibdó (Chocó).
Both communications announce a unilateral ceasefire in the neighborhoods of the Chocoan capital where, respectively, each group has influence. We welcome the decision of both groups, which will undoubtedly mitigate the serious situation of violence and insecurity experienced by the inhabitants of Quibdó and its surroundings.
To the RPS Armed Forces – Northern Cartel and to the Mexican Revolutionary Forces, we reiterate, through the mediation of the Church or its own spokespersons, the Government of President Gustavo Petro is willing, through this Peace Office, to initiate a approach process.
But what are the Mexican revolutionary Armed Forces?
This is a group of drug traffickers that emerged in 2012 under the name of ‘The Mercenaries’, since then, the authorities have attributed crimes such as robberies, extortion and homicides among the inhabitants of Chocó.
The then head of ‘The Mercenaries’ was arrested in 2014 and alias ‘Chema’ assumed control of the organization, which he changed its name to Mexican Revolutionary Forces.
“They are boys from the different neighborhoods of Quibdó dedicated to extortion, micro-trafficking, and homicide,” explained Colonel Marco González, commander of the Chocó Police.
In 2016, alias “Chema” was captured by the authorities and sent to the Quibdó prison, along with many members of the network, who continued to operate from there, for which “Chema” was later sent to a prison in Bogotá.
Since then, the self-styled Mexican Armed Forces have as their leader alias Siete, who is disputing the territory with a part of the Gulf clan, whose chief is alias Mayup’, recently captured, but released again, since a judge established that there were administrative errors by the Prosecutor’s Office during his capture.