Florida’s DeSantis Warns Against Removing Communist Rebels From Terrorist List: ‘A Serious Mistake’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has voiced opposition against Biden administration’s reported attempt to remove a Colombian communist rebel group from the list of designated foreign terrorist organizations, calling it “an insult” to the Colombian American community in his state. Financed by extortion, kidnapping, and a billion-dollar cocaine trafficking operation, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had been waging a guerrilla war against the state for more than half of a century until 2016, when the far-left rebels signed a peace deal that is still being implemented. The decades-long conflict has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions more, including many families who settled in Florida. In response to a recent report that the U.S. Department of State is planning to remove FARC from its international terrorist list, DeSantis called the move a “reckless decision,” noting that the group “perpetuated countless murders, bombings, assassinations, kidnapping and attacks” in …

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