Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Urgent Action: Stop river diversion and support communities around Cerrejon mine in Colombia

Joint urgent action request from Colombia Solidarity Campaign, London Mining Network and War on Want. London 6 November 2012

Three huge mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange own Colombian company Cerrejon Coal, operator of the Cerrejon opencast coal mine in the department of La Guajira in Colombia. Mine expansion over the years has caused forced displacement of agricultural communities, and more communities face displacement for further expansion. Cerrejon Coal also want to divert the River Rancheria, the only river of any significant size in La Guajira, in order to get at coal underneath its bed. Local communities fear an ecological disaster.

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Villa Rica say: Free Mari Soliana!

Official Statement of the Afrodescendent community of Villa Rica, Cauca

In the presence of different social actors, state entities and international organisations, the Afrodescendent community in the town of Villa Rica, Cauca, lodges a complaint against the state public prosecutor, regarding the arrest of the young woman MARI SOLIANA COLORADO. They have labelled her as belonging to the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia, FARC-EP, and have accused her of a series of crimes.

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Indigenous leader of Jagua Community Assassinated

The Orewa association denounces the selective murder of the Cabildo elder of an Awá community in Nuquí-Chocó during the morning of today, 21 October 2012.  The leader of the community, known as  Leobigildo Cunanpi Quiro, approximately 39 years old, was viciously killed by an armed group after  finishing an important meeting with his community.  The perpetrators have still not identified themselves, and there is no clear understanding within the community as to the exact causes which brought about this terrible act, but which certainly originated from his position of leadership, struggle and resistance, in the face of the violation of human rights in this territory of the Department of Chocó.

OREWA

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Thousands march against La Colosa Gold Mine in Ibagué

Thousands of Colombians took to the streets of Ibagué, Tolima, yesterday to express their opposition to the proposed AngloGold Ashanti La Colosa gold mine.  Here are some photos of the Fourth March/Carnival in Defence of Water and Life.

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ACIN: Indigenous leader in Toribio assassinated

The sixth front of the FARC cowardly murdered the ex-councillor and indigenous leader of the community of Toribio, Cauca.

Indignation, condemnation, pain and fury are being felt by the Nasa people of northern Cauca after the vile murder of our great fighter Salatiel Méndez Secue, 40 years of age, a commoner, former councillor to the ASI [Alianza Social Indígena] and indigenous leader belonging to the reserve and municipality of Toribio, Cauca.

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Hands Off Latin America!

March:  Friday 12 October 2012

5:00 – 6.00pm Assemble at US Embassy, Grosvenor Square   W1A 1AE (Bond Street tube)
6.007.00pm Lonmin  HQ SW1X 7YL, Embassy of Spain   SW1X 8SB, Embassy of Peru     SW1X 9SP
7:00 – 8.00pm Rally in front of Colombia and Ecuador Embassies  SW1X OLS (Knightsbride tube)
9.00 – 12.00pm Celebration of Resistance Students’ Union, Institute of Education WC1H 0AL (Piccadilly line to Russell Square)
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The London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development and environmental groups. We pledge to expose the role of companies, funders and government in the promotion of unacceptable mining projects.

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