BOGOTA – Colombians on Thursday celebrated the signing of the cease-fire agreement between the government and the FARC guerrilla group by placing funeral wreaths at public monuments.
In Bogota, a funeral wreath with a ribbon that read “RIP 1964-2016 War in Colombia” appeared at the statue in Plaza Simon Bolivar, an entryway for the Capitol, Presidential Palace, Palace of Justice and City Hall.
The grassroots “Por Colombia Si” movement placed the wreaths and publicized the Twitter hashtag #Adiosalaguerra to get the word out, with the term trending across the country.
Similar floral arrangements appeared in other parts of the capital, such as the Center for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation.
In Medellin, a city in northwestern Colombia, a wreath was placed at the statues of former Defense Minister Gilberto Echeverri and Guillermo Gaviria.
Echeverri was kidnapped and killed by the FARC in 2003, while Gaviria, the father of former Antioquia Gov. Guillermo Gaviria Correa, was also abducted by the rebel group, Colombia’s oldest and largest leftist insurgency, and murdered.
In the southwestern city of Cali, a funeral wreath was placed at the base of independence hero Joaquin de Cayzedo’s statue in the plaza named for him.
At the base of a statue in Barranquilla of another great independence leader, Gen. Francisco de Paula Santander, a funeral wreath with a ribbon announcing the end of the war also appeared.
Other floral offerings were left at monuments in the cities of Bucaramanga, Pasto and Valledupar.