Thousands march against Colombia bombing

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Cali on Thursday to protest the bombing of the city's police barracks, blamed on Colombia's largest leftist rebel group.

Thousands march against Colombia bombing
Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Cali on Thursday to protest the bombing of the city's police barracks, blamed on Colombia's largest leftist rebel group.

The 110-pound car bomb gutted the five-floor police headquarters before dawn Monday, killing a taxi driver and injuring 34. Authorities blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been trying to overthrow Colombia's government for nearly five decades.

Carrying giant banners reading "I reject terrorism" and "Death to fear," protesters were joined by Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos.

"We're here to demonstrate that Cali is united and not afraid," said Angelino Garzon, governor of Valle de Cauca state, whose capital is Cali.

The government said about 200,000 people marched, but an Associated Press photographer at the scene said the crowd size appeared closer to about 50,000.

Visiting the city Thursday evening, President Alvaro Uribe announced he would move his office to Cali in the coming days to monitor security and oversee social programs. He did not say how long he would keep his office there.

Interior Minister Carlos Holguin warned that urban militias loyal to the FARC were trying to step up attacks against the city, which has long been the site of a vicious turf war between the rebels, far-right paramilitaries and rival drug traffickers.
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