chapter  1
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The story of Josué Giraldo and his party, the Unión Patriótica (UP), started with the idea of peace, of settling the long-standing conflict that had ripped the country apart for decades. The new party was a crucial part of a peace process between the government and the FARC guerrillas. It was established as a means to reconcile the two sides: The UP was going to be the conduit through which the FARC-by then one of the country’s four guerrilla groups-could drop its guns and pick up its placards, give speeches in the plazas, and slip a ballot into a slot. At least that was the idea.