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Urgent Action: Assassination, Death Threat and Police Raid Against SINALTRAINAL Print
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Wednesday, 13 September 2006 21:52
A series of attacks against the very existence of SINALTRAINAL have occurred in different regions of Colombia; ranging from a raid on the union’s national headquarters in Bogotá, to the assassination of one of our activists.

These incidents are an example of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez’s policy of ‘democratic security’ and take place at a difficult moment due to labour conflicts with the transnationals NESTLÉ and COCA-COLA.

These are some of the violent incidents against the lives and security of our members:

RAID ON UNION HEADQUARTERS

At approximately 12:15 a.m. on 3rd August 2006, uniformed men who identified themselves as members of SIJIN, the Judicial Police, entered into the headquarters of SINALTRAINAL located at No 35 – 18, 15th Avenue in Bogotá city and proceeded to search the union building stating it was a preventative operation for the upcoming 7th August, the inauguration day of president Álvaro Uribe Vélez. That morning SIJIN agents were seen filming the outside of the union’s headquarters.

This raid was carried out without a judicial order [warrant], being classified curiously as an “act of voluntary registration”.

The raid took place at the very moment that we were informing the world of the good results of the campaigns against Nestlé and Coca-Cola and public protests against the permanent threats and possible judicial actions against our members. 


DEATH THREAT AGAINST UNION LEADER

In the morning hours of 18th August  2006 a condolence card was left at the home of comrade Héctor Jairo Paz, a worker at NESTLÉ DE COLOMBIA S.A., and a leader in the  Bugalagrande branch of SINALTRAINAL. The condolence card was signed:

“Death to Trade Unionists/ Muerte  a  sindicalistas.”

Just ten days previously another member of the Executive Comitee of the same Branco was threatened, at the time when we were carryoing out peaceful protests in front of the NESTLÉ plants in Bugalagrande and Bogotá against the unjustified sacking of ninety provisionals [temporary workers] and four workers with indefinite contracts who are SINALTRAINAL members.


TRADE UNION ACTIVIST ASSASSINATED

Comrade CARLOS ARTURO MONTES BONILLA was assassinated at approximately 11:00 p.m. on 17th August 2006. He leaves his partner Maria Elvia Álvarez Delgado and 7 orphaned children. His killing took place near to their home, located to the north of the city of Barrancabermeja.

CARLOS ARTURO had worked for nearly 30 years in the Infants Club for the workers of ECOPETROL [state oil corporation] and he used to participate in protests against the  COCA COLA multinational and other trade union activities in this oil port.

Our comrade was a member of SINTRAHOCAR and of SINALTRAINAL; a double membership that he had as a legal mechanism to protect the existence of SINALTRAINAL, due to the attacks on it by corporations like COCA COLA, that have been implementing a criminal policy agsinst the union, by revoking the union’s statutes, impeding the membership of executive committee members, lifting trade union conventional rights and activating a judicial plan to
block our right of association under the so-called “abuse of the law thesis”.

We ask that social organizations and defenders of human rights demand these threats and assassinations against our people stop.

We demand that the competent authorities punish those responsible and the immediate cessation of so-called “voluntary registrations”, given that these are actually a cover-up for raids that put at grave risk the lives of our men and women and the existence of our organizations.

Edgar Páez M.

National Leadership SINALTRAINAL, International Area

Colombia, 20th August 2006


We urge you to send notes of protest to / Pedimos enviar notas de protesta a:


Presidencia de la República

Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez,

Fax: (+57 1) 566.20.71

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Vicepresidencia de la República

Dr. Francisco Santos

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Procuraduría General de la Nación

Dr. Edgardo José Maya Villazón

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Defensoría del Pueblo

Dr. Volmar Antonio Pérez Ortiz.

Fax: (+571) 640 04 91

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Dr. Diego Palacios Betancourt
Ministro de la Protección Social
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Dr. Carlos Franco
Director del Programa de Derechos Humanos de Vicepresidencia
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Dr. Michael Frühling
Oficina del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos.
Fax: 57 1 6293637
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JUAN CARLOS MARROQUIN

Presidente Nestlé Región Bolivariana
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EMBAJADA SUIZA
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SE AGUDIZA OFENSIVA CONTRA SINALTRAINAL

Una serie de atentados contra la existencia de  SINALTRAINAL se vienen ejecutando en distintas regiones del país; estos van desde el allanamiento a la sede nacional del sindicato en Bogotá, hasta el asesinato de uno de sus activistas.

Los hechos se presentan en el desarrollo de la política de seguridad democrática del Presidente Álvaro Uribe Vélez y en un difícil momento debido a los conflictos laborales con las transnacionales NESTLE y COCA COLA.

Estos son algunos de los hechos violentos contra la seguridad y la vida de nuestros afiliados:


ALLANAMIENTO A LA SEDE SINDICAL

El 3 de agosto de 2006,  aproximadamente las 12:15 a.m., hombres uniformados que se identificaron como miembros de la SIJIN de la Policía Judicial ingresaron a la sede de SINALTRAINAL ubicada en la carrera 15 No 35 – 18 de la ciudad de Bogota y procedieron a registrar la casa sindical bajo el argumento de ser un operativo preventivo por la proximidad del 7 de agosto, día de la posesión del presidente Álvaro Uribe Vélez. En las horas de la mañana integrantes de la misma fuerza pública fueron vistos filmando la parte exterior de la sede sindical.

Este allanamiento fue hecho sin orden judicial, quedando consignado en un acta que curiosamente denominan “acta de registro voluntario”.

El allanamiento se produce en momentos en que le informamos al mundo sobre los buenos resultados de las campañas contra Nestlé y Coca Cola y a las denuncias por  amenazas permanentes  y posibles judicializaciones contra nuestros afiliados.

AMENAZA DE MUERTE CONTRA LIDER SINDICAL

El 18 de Agosto  del 2006, en las horas de la mañana  fue dejado un sufragio en la residencia del trabajador de NESTLÉ DE COLOMBIA S.A. Y directivo de Sinaltrainal Seccional Bugalagrande  compañero Héctor Jairo Paz. El sufragio aparece  firmado por:

“Muerte a sindicalistas.”

Hace tan solo 10 días otro miembro de la Junta Directiva de la misma seccional fue amenazado, en momentos que nos encontrábamos adelantando una protesta  pacífica  frente a las instalaciones  de  NESTLÉ en Bugalagrande y Bogotá por el despido injustificado de noventa  provisionales y cuatro trabajadores con contrato a termino indefinido afiliados a Sinaltrainal.


ASESINADO ACTIVISTA SINDICAL

El 17 de Agosto de 2006, aproximadamente las 11:00 p.m. fue asesinado el compañero CARLOS ARTURO MONTES BONILLA. Deja 7 hijos huérfanos y a su compañera Maria Elvia Álvarez Delgado. Su muerte se produjo cerca de su casa de habitación, ubicada en la zona norte de la ciudad de Barrancabermeja

CARLOS ARTURO laboraba desde hacía 30 años en el Club Infantas de los trabajadores de ECOPETROL y venía participando en las actividades de denuncia contra la multinacional COCA COLA y las tareas sindicales en el puerto petrolero. 

El compañero estaba afiliado a SINTRAHOCAR y a SINALTRAINAL; era una doble afiliación sindical como mecanismo legal para proteger la existencia de SINALTRAINAL, debido ante la arremetida de empresas como COCA COLA, que han venido ejecutando una política criminal contra el sindicato, a través de la revocatoria de los estatutos, impidiendo la inscripción de juntas directivas, levantando fueros sindicales y activando un plan jurídico para obstaculizar el derecho de asociación con la llamada “tesis del abuso del derecho”. 

Solicitamos de las organizaciones sociales y defensoras de derechos humanos exigir que paren las amenazas y los asesinatos contra nuestro pueblo.

Exigimos de las autoridades competentes el castigo para los responsables y el desmonte inmediato de los mal llamados “registros voluntarios”, ya que estos son allanamientos encubiertos que ponen en grave riesgo la vida de nuestros hombres y mujeres y la existencia de nuestras organizaciones.

Edgar Páez M.

Dirección Nacional

Área Internacional

Colombia, agosto 20 de 2006


COLOMBIA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN ADDS:

For latest news on the international campaign see:

Woodcraft Folk ban Coke from Global Village youth festival
http://www.killercoke.org/

Sussex University Students Ban all Coca-Cola Products
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060819-102247-2383r

‘Has Coke become the new McDonald's?’ The Guardian  18th August 2006
http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1852635,00.html

‘Coca-Cola is banned from students' union over “unethical practices”’ The Independent 19th August 2006
http://education.independent.co.uk/news/article1220259.ece

Villagers Rally Against Coca-Cola Plant in Rajasthan, India 
Indian Groups Rebuke US Statement on Cola Ban
see reports at   http://www.indiaresource.org/

 

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