The Oriental War Front, Chief Commander Manuel Velazquez Castaño, of the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional, ELN, considering that a series of events that have been coming in the department of Arauca that confuse and serve as pretext for the imposition of a War matrix and for a continuation of dirty-war tactics and the state terrorism of Ivan Duque and his minions, makes know:
First, that the acts in which Mister Efrain Sanchez, known popularly as chicote, ocurred in Fortul on the 2nd of January 2019, the attack on Yesid Lozano, mayor of Saravena, occurred on the 1st of February 2019; the death of patrolman Jonathan Sierra Sausa, on the 3rd of February in Barrancones IS NOT a method used by the ELN and ARE NOT carried out by our organization.
Second, that the recurring acts of extortionist calls on farmers, salesmen and the general population of the department using a crass and unpleasant language, IS NOT a method used by the ELN and ARE NOT carried out by our organization.
Third, there are matrixes of opinion being generated, orquestrated by the governmental regime of the Centro Democratico, to unstring the image of the ELN as an armed insurrection, with regards to the act of rebellion as a universal right of the people in light of a regime of political domination, exploitation and operation of the Colombian oligarchy and bourgeoisie.
We make a calling to the Araucan people and of the Colombian Orient to denounce and unmask the real tormentor of the people, the people materially and intellectually responsible for the events that are happening in the region.
Colombia for the workers!
Not a single step backwards, liberation or death!
Nor capitulation, nor surrender!
Always with the people!
Political-Military Strategic Direction of the Oriental War Front
Ejército de Liberación Nacional
Mountains, Jungles and Savannahs of the Colombian Orient February 2019