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Weekly Report - 07 July 2016 (WR-16-26)

Colombia’s Farc announces end to ‘war tax’

The maximum leader of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia (Farc), ‘Timochenko’ (Rodrigo Londoño), has suspended the guerrilla group’s ‘war tax’ imposed on ranchers and local businesses as a gesture as the peace process moves towards a denouement. The ‘war tax’, commonly referred to as ‘extortion’, would no longer be levied on “legal economic activity” in the region, Timochenko said, although that would not rule out taxing drug production and trafficking, and illegal mining, in the regions under the Farc’s control.

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