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Manuel Cepeda Vargas

Manuel Cepeda Vargas was a Colombian politician, lawyer and journalist. He was assassinated in Bogota on August 9, 1994 within the framework of the genocide to Patriotic Union (Colombia).


Early life and education

Manuel Cepeda Vargas was born April 13, 1930 in Armenia, Colombia. While studying at the Universidad del Cauca, he joined the Colombian Communist Party in 1952.


In 1958, at the VIII Congress of the Colombian Communist Party, he was selected to the party's Central Executive Committee. He was assigned the reconstruction of Colombian Communist youth, JUCO, and made that group's general secretariat. In his work with JUCO, he worked with Jaime Bateman Cayon, Hernando Gonzalez Acosta, Yira Castro (his future wife), Loyal Brown Jaime and Miller Chacon.

Cepeda Vargas was jailed for revolutionary activity in 1964. While imprisoned in La Modelo, he wrote the poetry book Venceras Marquetalia ("You will overcome Marquetalia"), a tribute to the Marquetalia Republic.

He was a columnist for the weekly Proletarian Voice (later known as the Weekly Voice), which he later directed. The paper continuously denounced the political genocide against the Colombian Communist Party, National Union of Opposition and Patriotic Union.

Cepeda Vargas was named Secretary General of the Colombian Communist Party in 1992, succeeding Alvaro Vasquez. He was elected as a Patriotic Union senator to the Colombian senate.

Marriage and children

He married Yira Castro in 1960. (She died in 1981.) The couple had two children: Ivan Cepeda Castro and Maria Cepeda Castro.

Death and afterward

Manuel Cepeda Vargas was assassinated in the streets of Bogota on August 9, 1994.

A school of Bogota and a Western Bloc of the FARC-EP front are named in his honor, although his son Ivan Cepeda Castro has repudiated the use of his father's name on the part of FARC and has repeatedly condemned the actions of that guerrilla, reiterated who a right and democratic society, like which it loved my father, is not constructed to end of indiscriminate attacks against the civil populace ".

Published works

Venceras Marquetalia (1964)

Yira Castro : i bandera es la alegria (1983)

Balada de los hombrecitos anonimos

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