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Aldo Civico

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288515

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288515.001.0001

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The Expenditure of Spectacular Violence

(p.89) 3 Limpieza

Aldo Civico

University of California Press

The chapter presents the terror strategy used by paramilitaries in Colombia. In particular, it chronicles the takeover of two towns in the subregion of Eastern Antioquia. The paramilitary’s spectacular violence is a violence meant to purify, to cleanse. The author chronicles his fieldwork in the town of Granada, for a long time dominated by the guerrillas. The paramilitary penetrated the town one morning, randomly killing several people. The testimony of the people gives tales of terror. A paramilitary explains what the purpose of their social cleansing is.

Keywords:   Limpieza, social cleansing, violence, Antioquia

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