...to describe the armed thugs driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes as businesses hunt for precious minerals.
Joint urgent action request from Colombia Solidarity Campaign, London Mining Network and War on Want. London 6 November 2012
Thousands of Colombians took to the streets of Ibagué, Tolima, yesterday to express their opposition to the proposed AngloGold Ashanti La Colosa gold mine. Here are some photos of the Fourth March/Carnival in Defence of Water and Life.
It’s no secret that Canadian mining companies are fanned out around the world. Conflicts linked to large-scale mining projects have come to the fore as some of the most intense social and environmental struggles in this hemisphere and beyond. But well outside of the headlines, another industry, one that purports to link Indigenous people internationally in order to benefit from resource extraction, has slowly taken off.
CED-INS (Corporación para el Desarrollo y la Investigación Popular – Instituto Nacional Sindical) have launched a newsletter Lands and Conflict: Extractive Industries in Colombia. This is in a context in which, over recent years, huge swathes of land have been handed over by the government to multinationals in the extractive industries sector.
Colombia stands before one of the potentially largest, most diversified mining booms in the world. Untold reserves of gold, coal, copper, silver and other metals and minerals are luring prospectors, geologists and extractive companies—mostly Canadian multinationals, which account for more than half the world's mining activity.
An indigenous leader from the southwest of Colombia has received death threats from paramilitaries, reported local media Sunday.
The leader from the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN), Feliciano Valencia, was alerted by indigenous authorities Saturday that a group of paramilitaries claiming to be the officially-demobilized AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia) made threats against his life.
The neo-paramilitary network Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) issued pamphlets on Friday threatening “FARC symphatizers” with “social cleansing” in Colombia’s southwestern Cauca department.
“The time for social cleansing in northern Cauca has come,” began the pamphlet distributed in the Cauca municipalities of Miranda, Caloto and Corinto.
The three municipalities are considered to be strongholds of left-wing FARC rebels.
“We are not going to hurt anybody, but we will use the force of our united community, our words and our rights to gain back our territories.”
The social, union and human right organizations that have signed below express before the national and international community our solidarity and support for the indigenous communities of Cauca department (province), who have demanded the demilitarization of their ancestral territories. “We do not want to hear a single shot. Wherever we hear one is where we will go,” said Minga for Life, a community organization.