Thursday, July 18, 2013

Colombia: repression against farmers and miners

I guess that writing "fascist Colombia" is oxymoron, so I skipped it. 

Miner protests in the district of Irra, which included a railroad blockade, were brutally repressed with tear gas and other violent means. The main effect of police violence has been to affect civilians in their homes, notably a baby which had to be hospitalized and many other children. The railroad blockade continues in spite of all. 

Colombian miners are striking in 18 of the 34 departments of the country. The strike has an indefinite schedule. Their demands include granting rights to small scale mining, which is the main resource of many peasants, including the derogation of decree 2235, which enables police to destroy machinery of unauthorized miners. 

In the district of Catatumbo, farmer protests, including road blockades, continue in spite of the four murders already perpetrated by the military.

Source: Webguerrillero[es] (link 1, link 2 - includes video).

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