COLOMBIA: Paramilitaries at the Polls


Graduate student and Tinker Summer Research Grant recipient Benjamin Lessing examines the influence of paramilitaries in Colombia.

We are in Comuna 13, one of Medellin’s most notorious shantytowns, the day before the 2007 Colombian elections. My guide, an agent of DAS (the Colombian FBI), along with several of our police escorts, participated in the bloody 2002 military invasion of this neighborhood known as Operation Orión. Tomorrow we will return to watch the polls, but today we are getting a history lesson. 

Benjamin Lessing
Publication date: 
August 21, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article