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Colombian paramilitaries kill march organisers

by Iván Cepeda, National Movement for Victims of State Crimes in Colombia
Issue No. 2093

Four trade union leaders were assassinated in the week following the 6 March day of protests against paramilitaries and state crime. These protests took place across Colombia and in many parts of the world.

Carlos Burbano, the vice-president of Colombia’s national hospital workers’ union, was “disappeared” on 9 March in San Vicente del Caguán. He had led the local 6 March demonstration.

His corpse was found at the municipal rubbish dump with his faced disfigured with acid.

In Caquetá many of the preparations for 6 March were frustrated when General Oscar Naranjo affirmed that a Farc leaflet calling for demonstrations had been found.

Women from Caquetá who were going to attend a national march of displaced people decided not to go because of the fear caused by the official announcement.

Libardo Pedrozo, one of the organisers of the displaced peoples’ march, was threatened.

On 12 March threats were made against 28 human rights defenders and several social organisations.

These were signed by the Black Eagles. The death squad announced that it “will be implacable” against the convenors of 6 March.

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