Garra Blanca

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Garra Blanca
Established1986
TypeSupporters' group
TeamColo-Colo
LocationSantiago
Colors         
View of the Garra Blanca in the Estadio Monumental.
Garra Blanca receiving Colo-Colo in the Estadio Monumental.

Garra Blanca (literally white claw, but in this sense "garra" means force, so the translation is white force) is the title given to a Barra brava that was created in Chile by the supporters of Santiago based football club Colo-Colo. It is one of the three largest and most important barras bravas in the country, the other beings Universidad de Chile's Los de Abajo (those from below) and S.C.Universidad Catolica "Los Cruzados" ("The Cruzaders").

History[edit]

In early 1986 a youth movement gave rise among the various supporters of Colo-Colo. Amid political repression during the military regime of Augusto Pinochet, marginalized members of Chilean society decided to unite and form a voice of identity.[1][2] Over the years the group has been associated with widescale violence. Fighting with security personnel, the Chilean national police, and other team barra bravas is a common occurrence. Garra Blanca leaders are reported to have an unofficial relationship with Blanco y Negro, the corporate entity that is in charge of Colo-Colo. The board of directors deny such an alliance and have only stated that the barra brava is recognized for stadium safety reasons.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Spanish) http://garra-blanca.cl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=74
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2008-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Ruiz-Tagle golpeó la mesa: "Blanco y Negro no tiene relación con la barra" | Emol.com