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Super-Urgent Action: SOCIAL LEADERS, STUDENTS, TRADE UNIONISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

On 14 December 2006, in the city of Barranquilla, a communiqu? was left at the residence of Euripides Yance, a Coca-Cola worker and member of the National Committee of SINALTRAINAL. The communiqu? is entitled BLACK EAGLES [AGUILAS NEGRAS] and threatens various student, social and trade union leaders, giving them a week to leave the city. Amongst them are members and leaders of SINALTRAINAL and workers at Coca-Cola EURIPIDES YANCE, LIMBERTO CARRANZA, and CAMPO QUINTERO.

On 14 December 2006, in the city of Barranquilla, a communiqu? was left at the residence of Euripides Yance, a Coca-Cola worker and member of the National Committee of SINALTRAINAL. The communiqu? is entitled BLACK EAGLES [AGUILAS NEGRAS] and threatens various student, social and trade union leaders, giving them a week to leave the city. Amongst them are members and leaders of SINALTRAINAL and workers at Coca-Cola EURIPIDES YANCE, LIMBERTO CARRANZA, and CAMPO QUINTERO.

On 14 December 2006, in the city of Barranquilla, a communiqu? was left at the residence of Euripides Yance, a Coca-Cola worker and member of the National Committee of SINALTRAINAL. The communiqu? is entitled BLACK EAGLES [AGUILAS NEGRAS] and threatens various student, social and trade union leaders, giving them a week to leave the city. Amongst them are members and leaders of SINALTRAINAL and workers at Coca-Cola EURIPIDES YANCE, LIMBERTO CARRANZA, and CAMPO QUINTERO.

This death threat occurred just days after Colombia?s Vice-President Francisco Santos made a public declaration referring to what he called campaigns to discredit Coca Cola, Nestl? and other private corporations and contended that they are pushed by ?sectors of the extreme left, radicals infiltrated into trade union sectors that are generating absolutely absurd campaigns against the corporations?.

These threats have occurred at the time that we are negotiating our demands with the Coca-Cola bottling plans in the Santanders [the region in which Barranquilla is situated].

We demand national government protection for the life of trade unionists, social leaders, students, defenders of human rights; an investigation into the facts to [bring to justice] the intellectual and material authors.

Against Impunity SINALTRAINAL Demands Justice.

LUIS JAVIER CORREA SUAREZ

President

SINALTRAINAL

INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY: Recommended actions

1) SEND YOUR E-MAILS TO:

Presidente de la Rep?blica de Colombia:

Dr. ?lvaro Uribe V?lez

E-mail: auribe@presidencia.gov.co

Vicepresidente de la Republica de Colombia

Francisco Santos

Fax: 00 57 1 337 1351

E-mail: fsantos@presidencia.gov.co

Programa Derechos Humanos Presidencia de la Republica

E-mail: ppdh@presidencia.gov.co

[Colombia Solidarity Campaign adds:

Euripides Yance toured the UK in November and December 2005, striking all who met him with his warm heartedness, humility and calm determination.

In the UK, also send your e-mail to Colombian Embassy:
mail@colombianembassy.co.uk with a copy to info@colombiasolidarity.org.uk

If you are in the USA, these are the Colombian Ambassador’s contact points in Washington, DC:

Sr. Luis Alberto Moreno
Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia
2118 Leroy Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel?fono: +1 (202) 387 8338
Fax: +1 (202) 232 8643
E-mail: emwas@colombiaemb.org

Write, phone, FAX or e-mail today! [from Progressive Library International Coalition]

2) INTERNATIONAL ACTION ALERT!

Take emergency actions wherever you are, making sure that the press is informed:

STOP Coca-Cola?s Dirty War this Christmas ? Three Trade Unionists targeted for elimination

SINALTRAINAL marked out by Vice-President ?Pinocchio? Santos, executions to be carried out by ?Black Eagle? paramilitary death squads. Who benefits?

Take photos and post to emergency website (details to follow)

3) EMERGENCY PICKET OF COLOMBIAN EMBASSY LONDON

5pm-6pm Thursday 21st December

Colombian Embassy, 3 Hans Crescent, London SW1

(back of Harrods, nearest tube Knightsbridge)

Vice-President SANTOS WE HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE!

WITHDRAW YOUR STIGMAS AGAINST SINALTRAINAL!

STOP THE KILLING! CALL OFF THE DEATH SQUADS!

AMENAZADOS DIRIGENTES SOCIALES, ESTUDIANTES, SINDICALISTAS Y DEFENSORES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS EN BARRANQUILLA

El d?a 14 de Diciembre de 2006, en la ciudad de Barranquilla, en la casa de habitaci?n de Euripides Yance trabajador de Coca cola e integrante de la Junta Directiva Nacional de SINALTRAINAL fue dejado un comunicado titulado AGUILAS NEGRAS donde amenazan y dan plazo de una semana para que salgan de la ciudad varios dirigentes estudiantiles, sociales y sindicalistas, entre ellos, varios integrantes y dirigentes de SINALTRAINAL y trabajadores de Coca cola EURIPIDES YANCE, LIMBERTO CARRANZA, CAMPO QUINTERO.

Esta amenaza se presenta d?as despu?s que el Vicepresidente de la Republica de Colombia Francisco Santos hiciera p?blica su declaraci?n refiri?ndose a las llamadas campa?as de desprestigio contra Coca Cola, Nestl? y otras empresas privadas y afirmo que estos actos est?n siendo impulsados por ?sectores de extrema izquierda, radicales infiltrados en sectores sindicales, que est?n generando campa?as absolutamente absurdas contra las empresas?

Estas amenazas se presentar tambi?n en momentos en que estamos negociando pliego de peticiones con las embotelladoras de Coca Cola en los Santanderes.

Exigimos del gobierno nacional protecci?n para la vida de los sindicalistas, dirigentes sociales, estudiantes, defensores de derechos humanos e investigar los hechos y dar con los responsables materiales e intelectuales.

Contra la Impunidad SINALTRAINAL Clama Justicia.

LUIS JAVIER CORREA SUAREZ

Presidente

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