Behind Flowers and Flags, Unionists Still Face Violence

Behind Flowers and Flags, Unionists Still Face Violence

By FOR Colombia
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 12:50am

Behind Flowers and Flags, Unionists Still Face Violence

By Emily Schmitz

In April, distracted by the scandals of Barack Obama’s Secret Service detail at the Summit of the Americas, a six-year stagnant trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia was quietly implemented.

With handshakes and smiles, President Obama and President Juan Manuel Santos posed, documenting the passing of a historic moment: “this agreement is a win for both our countries,” stated Obama, accompanied by Santos, who equally shared his enthusiasm, as he declared: “We have gone from being good friends to being true partners.”


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