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Indigenous Colombians drive army out of territory

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Indigenous Colombians drive army out of territory


People from an indigenous group in Colombia have clashed with soldiers after becoming fed up with being caught in the middle of the army’s battles with rebels from the FARC.

After years of violence around the southwestern town of Toribio, people from the Nasa tribe decided to take matters into their own hands.

Soldiers fired in the air to ward them off but the locals were too numerous – and determined.

The Nasa used makeshift clubs, stones and even threw soil at the troops. At one point a soldier was carried 10 metres down a slope.

Later the villagers claimed to have driven the military out and the army admitted regrouping elsewhere.

The mountainous area is known as a FARC stronghold and a corridor for cocaine trafficking. The locals insist they can enforce the law themselves.

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