Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Urgent Actions

Urgent actions announced through the campaign

New Death Threats Against Coca-Cola Workers

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On 12 February a brown envelope was left outside the home of José Domingo Florez in Bucaramanga, north of Colombia. It contained the following death threat against Coca-Cola workers and leaders of SINALTRAINAL trade union: 
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URGENT ACTION: POSSIBLE FORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF PEASANT LEADER IN EASTERN FOOTHILLS (CASANARE)

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Corporación Social Para la Asesoría y Capacitación Comunitaria COS-PACC (Social Corporation for Community Advice and Capacity Building),  Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos FCSPP (Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee) and the Red Europea de Hermandad y Solidaridad con Colombia REDHER (European Friendship and Solidarity Network) denounce:
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COCA-COLA WORKERS RECEIVE IMMINENT DEATH THREAT

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Nelson Prez
, Luis Eduardo Garcia, Jose Domingo Flores

In the last fortnight, three Coca-Cola workers in Bucaramanga, Colombia have been told that before the end of December they will be killed and buried in a mass grave. The threat demands that the union cease all protest against Coca-Cola. Join us in emergency action to defend their lives!

The men – Luis Eduardo, Jose Domingo and Nelson Perez – belong to SINALTRAINAL, the trade union representing Coca-Cola workers in Colombia. Since 1994, nine Coca-Cola workers have been murdered by paramilitary death squads in response to the union’s resistance.

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Death threats, 2nd November 2007

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Today, 2 November at approximately 11 am, comrade LUIS EDUARDO GARCIA and JORGE CONTRERAS BENIAN carried out a workshop in the Universidad Pontificia on the theme of ‘Water Campaigns: A Right for All’ and against the policies of Coca-Cola.
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URGENT ACTION: HOODED MEN ATTACK WOMEN?S LEADER IN HER HOME

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Urgent Action: Attack and Threat on Women’s Leader Yolanda Becerra
by O.F.P., Human Rights Colombia and others Sunday, Nov. 04, 2007 at 1:44 PM

yolanda_becerra.jpg‘When the men knocked at the door, Yolanda Becerra Vega thought it was the women who had returned and opened it. The men pushed the door and started to hit Yolanda, pinning here against the wall. One of them pointed a gun at her, and they told her “son of a bitch, your story is over. You have 48 hours to leave, if not we’ll wipe out your family. You won’t escape us”.’

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Death threat/ fear for safety - 05 October 2007

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COLOMBIA

Javier Correa (m), the National Union of Food Industry Workers (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de Alimentos, SINALTRAINAL)

José Domingo Flores (m), leader of the Santander branch of SINALTRAINAL,

Members of their families

Other members of SINALTRAINAL 

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URGENT ACTION: BLACK EAGLES THREATEN OIL WORKERS LEADER

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According to Álvaro Uribe, the paramilitary groups have demobilised, however the truth is that they are more active than ever.

Each time the government and the management of Ecopetrol implement programmes of privatisation of the the Colombian peoples’ state oil corporation, or hand over our natural resources, the threats against the union increase. This is what is happening now as we, the workers, are against the sale of ECOPETROL shares.

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URGENT ACTION: SON OF COCA-COLA WORKER KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED

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At about 4pm on 27th September 2007, ANDRES DAMIAN FLOREZ RODRIGUEZ (son of JOSE DOMINGO FLOREZ, a worker at a Coca-Cola bottling plant and a leader of the trade union SINALTRAINAL) was returning from college to his home at No 204-102, 38th Avenue in the Andes barrio of Floridablanca in Santander when he was accosted by three individuals from a black van, they were carrying arms, communications radios and were wearing balaclavas. The three men took Andres in the van by force, threw him on the vehicle floor and started hitting him.

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URGENT ACTION: Death Threats Against Leadership of Oilworkers Union USO

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3 September 2007

In Colombia, according Alvaro Uribe, the paramilitary groups have demobilised but the reality is that they are even more active from either inside or outside jail.

Our union, Unión Sindical Obrera, (the Oilworkers Union of Colombia) has been the object of written and telephoned death threats against leaders. These are attributed to “Águilas Negras” [the Black Eagles].

Each time the government and state oil corporation Ecopetrol’s management implement privatisation programmes (or give away our resources), the threats increase against the union – as now when the workers reject the decision to sell shares that started on 27 August.

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