Apure’s investigation hits the headlines – InSight Crime
InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure found resonance in the Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets have picked up on the report, including that of Venezuela La Patilla. Meanwhile, InSight Crime co-director Jeremy McDermott was interviewed by Colombian media, FM and NTN24, speaking at length about the investigation, which examines how some of Colombia’s former rebel fighters have become unwanted and dangerous guests in the neighboring country. The survey also interest aroused online among observers of the country, including the famous Colombian journalist Mábel Lara.
The four-part series details the conflict between the Venezuelan army and the 10th Front, a dissident faction of the now demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC). To produce the report, InSight Crime traveled to Apure to speak with residents, families of missing soldiers, local politicians, religious leaders and human rights activists.
McDermott says the Apure investigation may provide a glimpse of the future in Venezuela, as armed groups, previously allied with President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, increasingly challenge the government to keep their criminal revenues.
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