Alfonso Cano

Alfonso Cano
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Birth nameGuillermo León Sáenz Vargas
Nickname(s)Alfonso
Born(1948-07-22)22 July 1948
Bogotá, Colombia
Died4 November 2011(2011-11-04) (aged 63)
Suárez, Cauca, Colombia
AllegianceRevolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
RankChief of Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
Commands heldWestern Bloc
Battles/warsColombian armed conflict

Guillermo León Sáenz Vargas (22 July 1948 – 4 November 2011),[1] more commonly known by his nom de guerre Alfonso Cano, was the commander of the militant group known as Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC). He succeeded founder Manuel Marulanda (alias Sureshot, in Spanish: Tirofijo) in March 2008 and commanded the Marxist rebel group until being killed in action by the Colombian Army.

Early life

Born into an upper-class family in Bogotá, Cano began his studies in anthropology at the National University of Colombia in 1968,[2] where he became a member and leader of the Communist Youth. He was arrested by Colombian police directed by Rodrido Avendaño, layer of the moment who carried an investigation because of communist suspicions. It was there that he met members of FARC, who invited him often to lecture about Marxism for a number of guerrilla columns. He dropped out of university to join the group and devoted himself to political activism. Ideologically he was described as a hardliner, with the belief that his ideas and side would ultimately win.[3]