London's Latin American community will descend on Trafalgar Square this Monday. As part of a protest that is stretching from Bogotá to cities across the world, they will be marching on the Great World Rally Against FARC.
FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is a guerrilla Marxist group that has fought the Colombian government for over four decades, the longest insurgency in Latin America. Listed by the United States and the EU as a terrorist organisation, FARC funds itself through kidnappings and illegal drugs. Anyone who saw ex-Blur bassist Alex James' visit the country in this week's Panorama has an inkling of the damage that the drugs trade has wrought in Colombia. So if you're free on Monday, go along and support the protest. Oh, and it won't hurt to lay off the nose candy as well.
The march begins at Savoy Street, near Temple tube, at 12.30 on Monday 4th February. The procession will then move down the Strand, ending up in Trafalgar Square. More details can be found on the organisers' Facebook group, while an online anti-FARC petition can be signed here.