PARAMILITARY COMMANDER "SALOMON" TALKS DURING AN INTERVIEW IN BARRANCABERMEJA.
Paramilitary commander, known as "Salomon" of the AUC, Self-defense of Colombia, talks during an interview in Barrancabermeja May 6, 2001. The army and police, still a presence in the city, have not controlled in this city for years. The port of 250,000 people, many of them radical workers, was long a hotbed of the National Liberation Army (ELN), and to a lesser extent, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). This steamy river port on the River Magdalena is set to become the first major city to lose control of its poor neighborhoods to increasingly strong strong-wing paramilitaries in Colombia's 37-years old war.