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Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa

Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa was a Colombian politician member of the Colombian Communist Party. Jaramillo started working primarily in the Uraba Antioquia region until 1986 when he assumed the presidency of the Patriotic Union Party (UP) after the assassination of Jaime Pardo.


Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa was born into a poor family in Manizales. Not much is known of his life but knows that in his youth understood the problems of poverty that many people living around them and later graduated in Law and Political Science.

In the Patriotic Union

Jaramillo joined the UP once was founded in 1985 and later in the 1988 election held the seat of Senator of the Republic while following the murder of Pardo Leal took the chair of the UP.

He tried to give greater breadth to the UP, accused by its critics as a political arm of the FARC. Jaramillo Ossa made efforts to link the movement with the Socialist International, which earned him the nickname of "perestroika". FARC has criticized especially for its policy of "all forms of struggle" while simultaneously maintaining the support to achieve peace with the guerrillas who demanded an end to paramilitary groups who had already killed at that time to More than 300 militants of the movement, another issue also reported to all media. After the death of Luis Carlos Galan, a character he admired a presidential candidate is elected for the period 1990-1994 and get a popularity almost as big with the liberal leader of the murdered. Then Jaramillo was planning an alliance with Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, demobilized leader of the 19th of April Movement (M-19) and also a candidate for the Presidency

Jaramillo intended to separate the suspected relationship between his party and the FARC armed guerrilla group by approaching the Socialist International. Jaramillo then ran for the presidency of Colombia.


He was murdered while campaigning in Bogota on March 22, 1990. Jaramillo was heading with his wife Mariela Barragan and several bodyguards of the DAS to Airlift Terminal Bogota, despite having received death threats after refusing to wear a protective vest, once in the airport terminal your flight wait to Santa Marta where he would take vacations. A paramilitary young thug named Andres Arturo Gutierrez Maya are waited him and while he and his wife were in front of a pharmacy, the gunman pulled out a machine gun Mini Ingram 380 fired to the candidate. A guard pushed the wife to avoid impacts received while other guards chased after the murderer. Jaramillo was wounded in the arms of his wife and uttered three sentences:

After being taken to the car lost consciousness and was taken to the clinic Cajanal (National Provident Fund) and before being taken to the operating room died after a delay in the elevator at the clinic.

After his assassination other members in or related to his party were killed also.


On February 11, 2010 Alberto Romero, an ex director of the DAS (Colombian Security Service) was charged as being linked to the murder, together with Carlos Castano, the chief of the AUC (paramilitary forces) .

External links

Homage to Bernardo Jaramillo

Homenaje a Bernardo Jaramillo

Revive el caso de Bernardo Jaramillo, Articulo impreso El Espectador

Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa, UP

Los Magnicidios y el DAS, Articulo impreso revista Semana.

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