Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Statement from Environmental and Campesino Committees of Tolima

TO ALL OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: COMMUNICATION OF RECENT EVENTS, OCTOBER 2013

Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida
THE ACTS OF VIOLENCE IN CAJAMARCA, TOLIMA, AFFECT THE RIGHT OF CAMPESINO COMMUNITIES TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR TERRITORIES

 

On Friday 25 October, 2013, at approximately 6:30 am, two vehicles from the company  Cootracaime were travelling, according to reports, in the direction of El Silencio, located in the Canyon of Anaime in the district of El Cajón. One of the vehicles was hit by a ball of fire, resulting in burns to two people, the driver and an official from the Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC), who were transferred to Bogotá.
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Wayuu representative socks it to BHP Billiton over Cerrejon mine

Colombia Solidarity Campaign has been hosting a visit to London by Jazmin Romero Epiayu from Indigenous Wayuu organization Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu. The visit has been arranged in co-operation with London Mining Network and World Development Movement. On 24 October Jazmin attended the AGM of massive mining multinational BHP Billiton, one of the owners of the Cerrejon coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia.

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Cerrejon Coal and Roche residents reach agreement

The villagers at Roche in La Guajira, whom Colombia Solidarity Campaign has supported over the years, have reached a relocation agreement with Cerrejon Coal. Read report here.

 

12 October: No to Free Trade Agreements!

Free Our America!


A day of protest, exchanges and celebration of Resistance.


12h00 – 14h00 Vigil in Trafalgar Square
15h00 – 18h00 Workshops SOAS*
19h00 – 23h00 Cultural Event SOAS

SOAS – Students Union, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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Paro Agrario/ Agrarian Strike

The Friday pickets of the Colombian Embassy in London have been suspended awaiting outcome of negotiations between the farmers’ platform and the government.

Links:
Colombian Protests Show Cracks in Disastrous Economic Model Patrick Kane  Huffington Post
National Farmers and Social Strike gets seeds control law 970 suspendedThe Real News 15 September
Tens of Thousands of Colombian Farmers On Strike For Their Survival - The Real News 5 September
Anonymous Eyewitness Report

URGENT: Take action to protect our threatened Colombian partners

 

London Branch 7pm prompt Tuesday 15 October

Finfuture, 225 - 229 Seven Sisters Road, London N4 2DA. (Finsbury Park tube)

La Colosa: Gold vs. Life in the Colombian Andes
Presentation and read through of the full report.

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The Colombian Government sows terror: the cases of Cajamarca and Castilla (Tolima)

 

José Antonio Gutiérrez D.

As examples of the unprecedented criminal violence with which the social protest has been repressed here are the cases of two localities in the department of Tolima: the municipality of Cajamarca and the community of Castilla in the municipality of Coyaima. It must be stressed that these are not exceptional cases, rather two more cases of the officially-endorsed violence against the people that has assailed the whole country.

Image of one of those wounded by a bullet in Castilla, Coyaima, Tolima

Image of one of those wounded by a bullet in Castilla, municipality of Coyaima (Tolima)

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