Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Lands and Conflict: Extractive Industries in Colombia

CED-INS (Corporación para el Desarrollo y la Investigación Popular – Instituto Nacional Sindical) have launched a newsletter Lands and Conflict: Extractive Industries in Colombia. This is in a context in which, over recent years, huge swathes of land have been handed over by the government to multinationals in the extractive industries sector.  Given that such industries pose a risk to the livelihoods of many communities throughout the country, it has been considered necessary to systematically analyze the strategies and impacts associated with them.

Colombia minera

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Making it Happen in Villa Rica

The attack on Villa Rica police station on 2 Feb 2012 left eight dead, 32 wounded and 48 people whose homes were damaged by the explosion. Two members of the community – Deinar Mancilla and Jota Ramos – decided to make house-by-house visits in the area of the bomb, known as “ La 20” Neighbourhood, calling people to a meeting to discuss matters related to the help that we might offer as a group to families affected by the explosion.

A working party

A working Party

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Mainstream media echoes military lies

From very early on Tuesday 17th July, 2012, the roads in the North of Cauca department, Colombia, were filled with with chiva buses carrying hundreds of indigenous community members to the municipality of Toribio. Armed only with their indigenous staffs (bastones), which symbolise the autonomy of indigenous communities in Colombia, their intention was clear: they wanted the immediate withdrawal of the government forces and FARC guerrillas that have turned their territories into a living hell.

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Statement from Indigenous Councils of North Cauca following Events in Cerro Berlín

Today, 18 July 2012, in the early morning, a group, members of the Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron (ESMAD) arrived at the sacred site of Cerro El Berlin. Towards 5 a.m., with the use of tear gas and home-made bombs and constant threats that army troops would come to support them, they tried to evict the Indigenous Guard in charge of the communication towers, guarding our sacred site.

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Viva La Minga! Planton Londres 20 de julio frente la embajada colombiana

Carta al Embajador
Londres 20 de julio, 2012

Señor Embajador:

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Villa Rica Police Station Bombing

Villa Rica, in tears after the violent attack, is raising its voice calling for peace and asking for the police station to be rebuilt outside the area where people live.

In the first half of February, two attacks on the police caused the death of Colombian civilians in two different Afro-Colombian localities, with some of the most vulnerable sectors of Colombian people, Tumaco in Nariño, and Villa Rica in the Cauca region.

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