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Coca-Cola activists face death threats in Colombia

Issue No. 2082

Three workers at Coca-cola in Bucaramanga, Colombia, face death threats for their trade union activities.

The three men – Luis Eduardo, Jose Domingo and Nelson Perez – have been told that they will be killed and buried in a mass grave unless their Sinaltrainal union stops protesting against Coca-cola.

Sinaltrainal president Javier Correa and his family have received similar threats.

Since 1994 nine Coca-cola workers have been murdered by death squads in an attempt to stop trade union resistance.

Paramilitary group Aguilas Negras (black eagles) has claimed responsibility for these and other death threats.

Campaigners point out that the Colombian government has legitimised paramilitary groups, and are demanding the government breaks the impunity currently enjoyed by Aguilas Negras. They are also demanding that Coca-cola act to protect their employees and to demand that Aguilas Negras are brought to justice.

The Colombia Solidarity Campaign has called a picket on Thursday 20 December 5-7pm of Coca-Cola’s London head office, 1 Caroline Street, Hammersmith.

Email protests to Coca-cola at [email protected] and the Colombian Embassy at [email protected]

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Mon 17 Dec 2007, 17:16 GMT
Issue No. 2082
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