State Retracts Peace Community Smear – But President Doesn’t Show

A Flurry of Activity for Peace in Colombia

By Gina Spigarelli

A Flurry of Activity for Peace in Colombia

On April 9, the National Day for Memory and Solidarity with Victims in Colombia, a massive march for peace was organized and carried out by the Marcha Patriotica social movement. According to many accounts, the march had more than a million participants, who travelled from various regions of the country to show civilian support for the peace process, regardless of

political party.
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State Retracts Peace Community Smear – But President Doesn’t Show

By FOR Colombia
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:41am

State Retracts Peace Community Smear - But President Doesn't Show
By Emily Schmitz

The brutal massacre that took the lives of eight civilians, including three children on February 21, 2005 in the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartadó, has become an emblematic case of government impunity and injustice. In the wake of these events, former President Álvaro Uribe publicly insinuated collaborative ties between the community’s population and guerrillas, accusations that would continue to threaten and endanger civilian lives:

In this community […] there are good people, but some of their leaders, patrons and defenders, are seriously marked by people who have resided there as having helped the FARC, and wanted to utilize this community to protect this terrorist organization.
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