On November 2, 2013, in the city of Villavicencio, Brother DARIO CARDENAS, Vice President of USO (META), was arrested under a warrant from the First Criminal Court of Villavicencio, in which he is accused of “obstruction of public roadways, arson, and aggravated damage to property.”
Small-scale campesino farmer and community leader, César Garcia, who had been opposing the development of a gold mining project in Cajamarca, Colombia, has been killed by an unknown gunman. There is a grave fear for security of other community leaders in the region.
The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) hereby informs all competent bodies of grave attacks that have been launched against two of its member organizations: the Regional Indigenous Organization of the Valley del Cauca (ORIVAC) and the Association of Indigenous Councils of the Pacific Region Valley (ACIVA RP)
Action alert for the protection of the popular indigenous peoples Social minga for life, territory, autonomy, and sovereignty which includes the regional indigenous council of caldas (cridec), valley regional indigenous organization in cauca (orivac) association of the valley of pacific region (indigenous councils aciva rp), regional indigenous organization of quindio (oriquin) risaralda regional indigenous council (crires) and association of indigenous embera wounaan katío chamí; tule choco department (asorewa) and regional indigenous organization of casanare (oric).
The Committee for Solidarity with Political Prisoners Foundation expresses its solidarity with the MINGA SOCIAL INDIGENA Y POPULAR , and invites social movements, unions and NGO's to accompany and support this action.
On October 14th, the Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations and authorities of Colombia will begin the MINGA for society, for Indigenous peoples, for life, land and sovereignty. (General blockade of the country)
On 30 September 2013, human rights defender and campesina leader Ms Adelinda Gómez Gaviria was killed in Almaguer, Cauca region.