Indignation in Colombia Amid Spree of Assassinations

Tanya Wadhwa Peasant communities in Catatumbo denounced that Soldiers from the Colombian Army assassinated Salvador Jaime Duran on June 27. Photo: Colombia Informa The wave of assassinations and acts of sexual violence carried out by security forces and paramilitary groups against Colombian civilians in the past week has shaken the country A series of assassinations…

Colombia: “The People Confront the Continent’s Most Violent Oligarchy”

Carlos Aznarez People marched in the southern neighborhoods of the Bogota and in the center to protest the national and local government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Johan González – Colombia Informa | Peoples Dispatch In order to deepen the information about what has been happening in Colombia since the arrival of a large…

Speight of Black Men Found Hanged Sparks Fears of Wave of Racist Terror

Alan Macleod Amid nationwide demonstrations that have brought racist violence to public attention, at least five black people have been found hanged in suspicious circumstances, sparking fears that the incidents mark a wave of lynchings, not seen for decades. Suspicious Deaths Just two days after images showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd…

U.S. Police and Military Commit State Sponsored Murder and Terror Worldwide

All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) History of the Police Make no mistake, the brutal images of police murders that frequently surface on our social media and in the news are not anomalies and are not accidental. These images represent a continuation of an ongoing, deliberate, systematic form of violence which the United States settlers…

Assassination of Social Activists Continues in Colombia Despite “Lockdown”

Tanya Wadhwa “Not one more social leader assassinated” reads the poster. Photo: El Pais According to the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ), 115 environmentalists, human rights defenders, Indigenous, peasant and social leaders, and more than 20 former combatants of the FARC guerrilla group have been killed so far this year. The systematic assassination…

Marielle, Jair and Militias: A Web of Facts Exposing the President’s Underworld

Igor Carvalho Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes were shot dead on march 14th 2018 – Mario Vasconcellos/Câmara Municipal do Rio de Janeiro/AFP Two years after the councilwoman’s death, the investigation lays bare Bolsonaro’s relationship to criminals This Saturday (14), the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver,…

Increasing Peril for Latin America’s Activists and Indigenous Leaders

Ramona Wadi Indigenous people, environmental and human rights activists remain at risk of assassination in Latin America. In Nicaragua, 6 indigenous people were killed by settlers as the struggle over land continues. The indigenous communities have complained of government inaction over the settlers’ seizing of land and violence, expressing fear of extermination. Meanwhile within a…

Colombia: ‘Plan to Exterminate Former Guerrillas is Underway’

In Colombia, “peace is killed every time a social leader or a former guerrilla dies,” ex-President Samper warns. Colombia’s Common Revolutionary Alternative Force (FARC) Thursday denounced the execution of an extermination plan against former guerrilla fighters who are settled in the Ituango Municipality, in Antioquia. The humanitarian situation is particularly serious in the Santa Lucia…

Colombia: 20 Social Leaders Assassinated in the First 20 Days of 2020

Fernán Medrano According to the Irish NGO Front Line Defenders, Colombia was the country where most social leaders were killed in 2019 and is the country with the most internal displacement, a record that has been set for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2019. Consequently, the bloodbath of social leaders that concluded the year…

Colombia: Stories of Pain and Resistance

Zoe PC The sign read “Not one more killed”. Photo: Semana The Colombian tragedy continues without an end in sight. The last two weeks have seen a worrying surge in assassinations of social leaders, human rights defenders and ex-combatants. 19 such leaders have been assassinated since the turn of the decade. The demand by organizations…