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Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia

Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia

November 2018

Colombian students remain defiant despite massive repression against November 8 march

Violence by state forces left dozens injured. Some students remain missing and many were arrested after the protest that demanded that president Duque negotiate with the students. “From the start, the government has been trying to delay the negotiations. In the last session, they gave us a presentation about the national budget we already know off".

Colombian social movements converge in Bogotá to build common struggles

On October 9, 2018, more than 1,500 people gathered at the Claretiano School in Bosa, in the south of Bogota, Colombia, to begin the Popular and People’s Legislative Assembly. This assembly is a space that seeks to build a proposal of unity of Colombian social movements, an agenda of mobilization against the policies of current government and a Popular Mandate that synthesizes the claims of territorial struggles.

We Cannot Fail in Our Search for Dignified Life: Julian Andres Gil

On November 13th after more than 5 month in prison Julian Gil had an hearing, as many others he could spend month or years in prison until he could prove is inocence in a trial, for now he and his family will have to wait until the next hearing on January 21st. Colombian activist Julian Andres Gil Reyes, in an interview from jail, speaks about the nature and motives of the proceedings against him and people’s movements.

Colombian municipality says NO to fracking and hydrocarbon exploration

The citizens of Fusagasugá voted overwhelmingly against mineral exploration in the popular consultation, a mechanism for people’s participation in decisions on issues of national, departmental or municipal interests. The victory comes just almost two weeks after the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled that popular consultations could not prohibit extractive projects.

Colombian community leaders arrested in latest round of repression

The Political Movement of the Social and Popular Masses of the Center East of Colombia (MPMSPCOC) condemned the arrest of two of their leaders, José Hermes Burgos and Alix Miriam Aguilar, on September 30 and October 1 respectively. MPMSPCOC pointed out that these arrests were part of the systematic persecution of their movement and Colombian social movements in general.

Capsules Des-terres-minées (Mined Lands) Des-terres-minées, is a popular education and documentary project that has served to open spaces of discussion and reflexion on the themes of territory, extractivism and impacts on women. This project, coordinated by the PASC with the participation of the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Quebec Native Women (QNW), Quebec Women’s Federation (FFQ), and other groups has met with groups and organizations in various regions of Quebec in spring 2016. 27 video capsules have been produced disseminating the words and created with the individuals living in the regions we visited. 4 of them are already subtitled in English. The video capsules can be found on our Facebook or on the website:
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Piedra, it is the rock of resistance, the rock which, placed in the powerfuls’ shoe, bothers. It is the one that, in all its diversity, constitutes our habitat, vital to our existence. It is the rock we throw. And, of course, it is the exploited rock. Extractivism, an economic model based on the exploitation of resources, ravages always increasingly here and elsewhere. It is in “Canada”, on colonized lands, that the majority of mining companies hold their headquarters. As so, the Canadian companies deploy their activities in Colombia in all impunity, and take advantage and participate in the political and social violence that hits this country living in war.
The Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia is a collective which realizes accompaniment with Colombian communities and organizations since 2003, while also creating links here and in Colombia of groups and individuals struggling against the imposition of mega-projects of resource extraction.