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(en) Anarkismo.net, Anxiety and terror in Pradera, Valle del Cauca (Colombia) (ca, pt) by Josà Antonio GutiÃrrez D. (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:10:57 +0200


When you see attacks like this, one must ask who benefits from this climate of fear and anxiety, particularly when the "hit" occurs in the heart of the community just a few days of the onset of these threatening pamphlets. ---- Anxiety and terror in Pradera, Valle del Cauca ---- Thursday January 16, 2014: A motorcycle bomb exploded in Pradera, Valle del Cauca, near the mayor leaving one person dead and more than fifty injured. Immediately, Santos president and defense minister blamed the FARC-EP of this "irrational act". The media, which are not used to investigate repeated convictions adding that insurgents thus inaugurate the end of the unilateral ceasefire a month, without providing any evidence of authorship and without waiting for an official pronouncement of the guerrillas[1].

There was a time when the word "allegedly" when it was established with certainty the authorship of a fact was used. Today the media works, uncritically, as an appendix to the government propaganda and the army. Yet in Meadow Queen herself bewilderment, confusion, fear. Relying on the current context, one might well think that maybe it's not the guerrilla movement who is behind the attack, particularly in the context in which it takes place and the string of events that are taking place at that location for a few weeks. That maybe there are forces acting from the dark to send a message to the community and the country. But for that, you must take what is happening in Meadow and the circumstances under which the attack occurred.

Prairie town of struggles

Pradera is a town in South Valley fundamental to understanding the process of re-articulation of the popular movement that led to the powerful cycle of protest that has been experiencing in Colombia from 2008 onwards Cauca. The strike of the cane cutters who lived in the second half of the year, was an important milestone that stripped the exploitative and inhuman nature of the current model of precarious agro-industrial development which is presented by the government as the panacea that will lead Colombia to progress. The resistance of the cutters was the beginning of this social awakening [2]. Although later the leaders have suffered harassment, threats, violence, layoffs, no concrete progress for the majority of workers who are now as great enemy mechanization again redundant cutters. [3] At the same time, the peasant struggle, led by the Farmers Association of Ontario (ASTRACAVA) Workers and Peasant Coordination of Valle del Cauca (CCVC), has also made ââsignificant progress and today everything is within walking distance to form a Rural Reserve Area in Prairie and in the town adjacent Florida. One of the leaders of the region threatened peasants, Jesus Hurtado (ASTRACAVA), explains that " there is significant progress in the area of rural reserves. We have been meeting with other peasant movements ... INCODER [Colombian Institute for Rural Development] is closely following the process, communities have received the proposal impressively, the mayor is also pending, three councilors to put the proposal , everything is moving forward dramatically. Even in the work plan this year we talked about visiting the communities to form a dynamic team of this proposal, we have been working together and indigenous farmers interested in our town forward . "

The claws of the paramilitary

But if the people are advancing, appear dark forces (which everyone knows, but nobody wants to name for fear) to slow the momentum of change through terror and violence. This progress and strength gets this proposal and combativeness and courage shown by the community of Meadow during the long struggle of the cutters, have made the paramilitary wing of the protection provided by the Army, set his sights on this municipality. A disturbing fact was experienced on Monday January 13, when a paramilitary group calling itself "Military Block Valle-Stubble-Ãguilas Negras" circulated among various social and political expressions present in the town (including Fensuagro-CUT, ASTRACAVA, the . Agricultural Bureau and People's Dialogue and Agreement-MIA, Patriotic March, Human Rights Network Francisco IsaÃas Cifuentes, indigenous reservation Kwet Wala, Pupsoc, etc.) the following threatening pamphlet:

CAUCA VALLEY BLOCK MILITARY

DEATH SENTENCE TO bastards GUERRRILLEROS PRAIRIE AND FLORIDA. GUERRILLA MOTHERFUCKERS, helpers, HABLAMIERDAS, LIARS ass tits BY INDIAN FARMERS AND LEAVING PEOPLE NOT WORK WELL WITH THEIR FAGS PAROS DAMAGING THE COMPANY WILL FINISH THE SHOT AND HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MILITARY DECLARE GOALS: INVADER LAND JESUS ââHURTADO (BLACK POOCH) DE ASTRACAVA, SHELTER TO INDIAN PRAIRIE, THE MEMBERS OF SUCH COORDINASION CAMPECINA VALLEY, THE GUERRILLA DRIVE PATROTICA, THE COMMUNISTS OF UP TO DEFENDERS NGOs THE GUERRILLA, THE PROMOTERS CAMPECINA RESERBA AREAS TO THE TABLE AS MIA ARE JUST THE COMMUNIST GUERRILLA bastards SPEECH DAY HAVE NOT COUNTED ONCE AND FOR ALL OR VAN AND PRAIRIE OR FLORIDA AND WE JUST liquidated disappear YET AND FAMILIES HAVE 8 DAYS TO GET OUT OF THIS AREA TO DISAPPEAR OR WILL NOT OPEN OR dismembered and COMMON GRAVES FOR YOU GUERRILLEROS SABRAN SOON WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NOT COMMUNISTS PLAYING BITCHES BE HELL BIENVIENIDOS GOOD PEOPLE WE SUPPORT AND WE THANK THE VAN WITHOUT COLOMBIA COMMUNIST, NOT UP WITHOUT SPEED patriotic, GUERRILLA SIN, DEATH AND THE INDIAN FARMERS DO NOT LET THAT GOVERN DEATH TO INVADERS OF EARTH, DEATH TO THE COMMUNIST TERRORISTS WITHOUT GUERRILLA VIVA COLOMBIA! VIVA! VIVA! [4]

This pamphlet, in which threats are concentrated directly in the person of Jesus Hurtado peasant leader, is a clear aggression against the advance of popular struggles, making direct and indirect proposal mentions Peasant Reserve Zone and to agricultural and popular activities articulated in the EIS. We Hurtado says that these threats are not new. " In my case, on August 29, when I went to my place of residence after a peaceful march of popular support in the agriculture and unemployment in Meadow Park, I address three types and ask me how it goes as unemployment , and then left hanging my home. When the tables are installed in the Meadow peasant house, I left my house and followed me people, I became two types at par and accompanied me until I got to the meeting, this happened three times. Therefore we demand guarantees . " Guarantees that, to date, unresolved. Hurtado's case is not unique. Rare cutters leaders have repeatedly suffered threats, particularly the leader of the women corteras, Alfamir Castillo , who also is a tireless fighter for justice for her murdered son Darbey Mosquera Castillo in the case of "false positives" by Battalion 57 Counterinsurgency and VIII Army Brigade (2008). She was displaced Meadow in May 2013 due to constant threats received both her ââand her family. Today this threatening pamphlet makes clear that the set of the popular movement in Pradera is a target. And not just them: hatred towards reflecting indigenous and peasants, widespread and indiscriminate hatred, shows that the policy of dispossession and displacement continues as lively as in the worst days of the AUC.

Paramilitary threat ... who hits?

This is the context in which we must start analyzing any event that occurs in Pradera. Once all the facts look, nothing is as clear as in the statements of the minister of defense or the president. When you see attacks like this, one must ask who benefits from this climate of fear and anxiety, particularly when the "hit" occurs in the heart of the community just a few days of the onset of these threatening pamphlets. The paramilitary is alive and well in the town and an attack and may seek a dual purpose. To the community, would only generate terror, bewilderment, anxiety. Around the country, they may seek to send a message against the peace process. It is known that the process of negotiations between government and insurgency has powerful enemies, they do not need to crouch, and have historically resorted to the dirty war to impose its will by fire and sword. While there is no official pronouncements of the insurgency and solid evidence against them is quite plausible hypothesis is, in fact, the paramilitaries who is behind this bloody event occurred in Pradera. Not the first time: I remember the string of auto-attacks mounted by the army during the presidential campaigns of Uribe or brutal bombing in Ituango, Antioquia, in 2008, in which all media blamed choir FARC -EP, when it finally was a paramilitary action. Hurtado explains Jesus himself, who already had to leave Meadow displaced due to the severity of the threats, " after all the harassment I've experienced, that pamphlet appears now and then this pump is, as you will see, the situation in the Valley Prairie and is very precarious . " " I am part of the negotiating table from MIA to municipal, departmental and national levels , "explains Howard. " In the Meadow we have argued that there must be safeguards for leaders repeatedly ... we have raised to the negotiating table and the mayor to the municipal representative be present at meetings and never came. The leaders of the process of popular unity, Astracava, seek guarantees to say what you think and see in Havana who are discussing these things and here in Pradera do not see that . " really does not look or Meadow or any other part of the country. While speaking prettiest policy regime guarantees, pluralism, democracy, and so on, more unbearable reality of repression in the terrain becomes. Repression sometimes operates selectively and other generalizing terror among the population. Hence the importance of questioning everything we are told in the headlines: that is the first step to resist the terror.

Josà Antonio GutiÃrrez D.
January 17, 2014

[1] http://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/atentado-en-pradera-valle/371003-3
[2] See two articles written in that context http://www.anarkismo.net/article/ 10668 and interview http://www.anarkismo.net/article/12844
[3] http://www.anarkismo.net/article/17505
[4] You can see the full flyer in the complaint issued by the Network HR "Francisco IsaÃas Cifuentes." http://www.reddhfic.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=660:au-valle-del-cauca-13-enero-2014&catid=113:valle2013&Itemid=223 can also see the delivery of the indigenous community of Meadow http://justiciaypazcolombia.com/ Threats-of-a-paramilitary
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