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The Legacy of Colombia's Vigilante Security: the Convivir

The Legacy of Colombia's Vigilante Security: the Convivir

When Colombia approved the creation of citizen security groups in the early 1990s, it was supposed to bolster the state's fight against violence and crime. Twenty years later, these groups linger on, running shadowy criminal networks in Colombia's second largest city and still charging residents for their "security" tax.   Read More

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The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC) was a coalition of right-wing death squads that used the conflict to camouflage their illicit economic activities. These included drug trafficking, displacement, kidnapping, and extortion. The AUC once operated in two-thirds of the country with approximately 30,000 soldiers.

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