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Issue #1546      9 May 2012

The repression of the Patriotic March movement in Colombia

The Communist Party of Australia protests in the strongest possible terms the violence unleashed against the Patriotic March movement launched in Bogotá at massive events on April 22, 23 and 24.

Even before the march which attracted over 80,000 participants, the state moved to intercept buses carrying representatives of rural communities across the country. Hernán Henry Díaz was to lead a group of 200 peasant farmers from the province of Putumayo but was kidnapped on the eve of the event by the army of the Colombian terror state and has not been seen since. We join the thousands of people demanding his immediate release.

On April 27, Daniel Aguirre, the general secretary of the cane cutters union Sinalcorteros was shot and killed by persons unknown. On the same day, the bodyguard of Carlos Lozano, editor of the Communist Party’s weekly newspaper La Voz was assassinated.

Mao Enriquez Rodríguez was the latest victim in a dirty war of intimidation against the Patriotic March movement.

We take this opportunity to express our sympathies for the families and comrades of these fallen fighters for social justice and to voice our confidence that the people of Colombia will not be cowed by these atrocities but will fight harder to achieve a society of peace and social justice.

In solidarity,

Bob Briton
International Department
Communist Party of Australia

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