Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Issue10 - April - June 2003

Colombia Solidarity No 10

April–June 2003



Uribe's Development Plan Condemns Municipal Corporations to Privatisation

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Alexander López Maya, president of the Sixth Commission of the House of Representatives, has disputed that Social Capitalisation Funds will contribute to saving public services. He points out that article 14 of the National Development Plan, which promotes this new mechanism, is nothing more than another form of privatisation whose application will start with EMCALI... 

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El basuro de Navarro

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Toda la basura de Cali y los municipios de Yumbo y Jamundí, unas 1800 toneladas diarias, se almacenan en un relleno sanitario en el sector de Navarro. Este “basuro” será cerrado el 31 de mayo de este año pero la historia del mismo es muy particular.
 

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The Displaced People of Agua Blanca

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Agua Blanca, on the outskirts of Cali, is home to some of the more than 2 million displaced people in Colombia. They are forced to live in overcrowded makeshift plastic shelters, which offer little protection from the rain, whilst the tropical heat of Cali turns them into sweltering ovens during the day.

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Multinationals Blackmail 'Caribe?os' with Power Cuts

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Since 2001, in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, complaints have become ever more frequent from a population suffering from power cuts carried out by the electricity service providers Electrocosta and Electricaribe. However, months later, after industrialists filed a complaint relating to the power cuts, it has been revealed that the companies cut the power in order to force consumers to pay outstanding bills. 

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Clips from the Frontline

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Community Mothers fight police

“Yesterday’s Community Mothers’ protest in front of the Colombia Institute of Family Welfare became a camped battle with police. The women, who were protesting against budget cuts, brought police intervention when they took over the four lanes of 68th Avenue.” El Tiempo 13th March 2003

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