Author: ELDER COUNCIL – CRIC
[Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca]
Today, 21 May 2008, in the hacienda
La Emperatriz, nearly 500 people claimed their right to land and
demanded the fulfillment of agreements that the Colombian state made
with indigenous communities in Northern Cauca, agreements associated
with the massacre in El Nilo. The community was attacked by the ESMAD
[the Colombian version of a ‘SWAT’ team] of the national police
with bombs and firearms, seriously injuring 8 indigenous Nasa.
Victims of the attack included Eulogio Dagua Cuetia, Luís
Enrique Ramos, Alex Méndez and Luís Eduardo Ramos,
community members from the reserves of Jambaló, San Francisco,
Huellas, and Toribío.