In this interview, just twenty days before his death in September, Jorge Briceño Suarez, alias “Mono Jojoy,” the legendary military commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), says the war will end with negotiations. As always, there was a caveat: the accord would come from the FARC’s ideas.
The interview probably has as much value for the content as is does the images. Briceño was the boogeyman for a generation of Colombians who feared what he represented: an endless war full of civilian casualties and kidnappings. But this video shows a frail, beaten-down guerrilla commander on his last breaths.
Briceño died in a massive bombing by the Colombian air force after the army lodged a tracking device in his footwear. Dozens of rebels died with him and possibly the FARC’s hopes of ever overrunning the government.