(Colombia) Denunciation of Aggressions Against Indigenous Authorities of the Indigenous Ancestral Territory of Corinto

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Indigenous communities have since December 14th, 2014, taken possession of different properties in the estates of Quebrada Seca, Gracia Arriba, Granaditas, Miraflores, among others that make up part of their ancestral territory.  They have done this within the framework of territorial rights and their fundamental right to the land, who through their autonomy are advancing in the process of liberation of Mother Earth, in compliance with the platform of struggle of the CRIC and the community mandates.

Preceding Events:

The liberation of Mother Earth is a mandate of the nature and commitment of each of the Indigenous peoples that are part of her.  It is a process that reaches back more than 40 years, in which they have been affected by the actions of businessmen.

Acts such as which occurred in 1982 in the recuperation of the land of López, where more than eight Indigenous comuneros were assassinated with support of the police.  In 1991, when the new political constitution of Colombia was implemented, the massacre of 20 Indigenous comuneros in the estate of Nilo, supported by a paramilitary group and police agents, in the municipality of Santander de Quilichao.

Remember that the communities struggling for the liberation of Mother Earth are being permanently attacked by police.  These aggressions lead to the most recent events, where Indigenous comunero Daniel Felipe Castro was assassinated, shot by police on May 9th, 2017.  Also, comunero Javier Oteca was assassinated by private security of the mill, on March 22, 2017.

Acts:

On February 14th, 2018, in the estate of Quebrada Seca where the communities are moving forward in the process of the liberation of mother earth, another aggression occurred.  At point one, that is the road from Corinto toward Santa Elene, at about 9:30 or 10:00 at night, from a double cab white truck, with a black top in the back, a group of four men descended carrying long-range firearms.  They tried to enter the area of the huts of the Indigenous liberators.  The community reacted, and upon seeing the reaction, the armed subjects left running to their truck, where they were picked up and left in the direction of Corinto.

Some ten minutes later, the same truck arrived some 300 meters from where they left the men, collected others, returning once again toward Corinto.  The community tried to stop the truck with rocks and bamboo but the truck passed through the barricade in route toward Corinto.

These acts are of great concern for the community and the Indigenous authorities, because when the massacres in López and Nilo occurred, similar actions were carried out as to those that happened this time in Corinto.

We thus reject the violent acts occurring in Corinto at the hands of armed actors.

For this reason, we call on the organizations in defense of human rights, the department of protection of citizens’ rights, the United Nations, the National Government and the General Attorney’s Office to be attentive to the situation.

Ancestral Territory of Corinto, February 16th, 2018

Traditional Indigenous Authorities of Corinto

Translated from the original here: http://www.cric-colombia.org/portal/las-autoridades-indigenas-del-territorio-ancestral-indigena-corinto-dan-conocer-la-opinion-publica/

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