Saturday, June 22, 2013

Colombia: farmer protests, violent repression

Some 8000 farmers marched in Ye (Catatumbo district, Norte de Santander) being violently repressed by the Army. Some 10 citizens were severely injured by the soldiers' violence.

Farmers state that they will not stop their protest until the reactionary government of President Santos listens to them. They demand the establishment of a Farmer Reservation Zone in the area and the gradual replacement of illegal crops by sustainable ones.

Preliminary negotiations were broken when Farmer representatives walked out in protest for the presence of Major Rodolfo Palomino, General Director of Police. 

Masked men with cameras, who emerged from the military lines, intimidated and harassed journalists when covering the conflict.

Source: Webguerrillero[es].

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