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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - Colombia: Stop the massacre of indigenous communities in resistance (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:03:53 +0200

On October 29, in the heart of the mountains of the Cauca Department, in southwestern Colombia, five nasa guards and indigenous authorities were massacred by armed militias, while they exercised their own " territorial control ". to the autonomy of their territories. That same week, a total of 16 people were murdered in northern Cauca. ---- In this area populated mainly by the Nasa people, the communities have succeeded, by dint of struggles since the time of colonization, to make recognize their autonomy and to create their own local governments. Along with other peoples and social movements, they have led since the 1970s many struggles for the recovery of land stolen by landowners from colonization. A major movement of " Liberation of the Mother Earth " has been launched since 2014 by the Nasa communities to occupy the monocultures of sugar cane installed in the plain of Cauca and to extract them from the hands of spoliators and polluters.

The repression, however, has never ceased to fall on indigenous communities, peasant or Afro-descendant and the social movement as a whole. The State by his army and paramilitary groups or guerrillas with whom he is linked, perpetuates threats, massacres and targeted assassinations to exert terror and allow the capitalist exploitation of territories fleeing by thousands of displaced (mining, narcotrafic, large projects ...).

The massacre of October 29th in Tacueyo and the ensuing assassinations are the symbol of a strategy, of extermination of the peoples in resistance for the control and the exploitation of the territories which lasted only too long. Peace agreements between the government and the Farc have not solved the problem and have even led to an upsurge in the presence of dissident groups and paramilitaries, created and trained to slaughter political and social activists. Since the signing of these agreements in 2016, 88 indigenous activists have been murdered in Cauca.

We denounce these targeted assassinations that affect all Colombian social sectors.

We express our sorrow and rage at the impunity that is being inflicted on these crimes and express our solidarity with the indigenous communities of Northern Cauca.

Cristina Bautista, Asdruval Cayapu, Eliodoro Finscue, Jose Gerardo Soto, James Wilfredo Soto and all the others, we do not forget you !

No estan soles !

The lucha sigue !

International Relations Committee of UCL

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