URGENT COMMUNIQUE FROM SINALTRAINAL
At 7 am on April 20, 2004, various armed
men with machine guns entered the home of the brother of Coca-Cola
union leader Efrain Guerrero's wife in Bucaramanga, and fired indiscriminately
at the family, killing Efrain's brother-in-law, Gabriel Remolina,
his wife Fanny and wounding three of their children. One of these
children, Robinson Remolina, is in grave condition in the hospital.
This is not the first time that the families
of Sinaltrainal union leaders have been the victims of such violence.
This happened in the context of the labor conflict against Coca
Cola, where we are trying to avoid the firing of workers due to
closing production lines. The union is also negotiating a new convention
with the company which was presented in March of this year. On April
18, we held the workers' assemblies where we approved the petitions
that we would present to the Coca Cola bottlers in Bucaramanga,
Cucuta and Barrancabermeja. We also just had a meeting with the
Vice President of the Coca Cola bottlers where we expressed our
concern for the security problems. In addition, the lawyers who
filed the case against Coca-Cola in the United States, for acts
of anti-union violence, just announced they had filed a new brief
to reinstate Coca-Cola as a defendant.
We demand an end to the aggression against
Sinaltrainal affiliates and our families, and we demand that the
authorities investigate and find the material and intellectual authors
of these crimes.
Enough of so much injustice!
LUIS JAVIER CORREA SUAREZ
20th April, 2004
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