Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

March 6th : International Day for Victims of Paramilitarism and State

6 March 2008

This March 6th, in Colombia and elsewhere in the world, an homage will be
made to victims of paramilitarism and state crimes
. Project Accompaniment
and Solidarity Colombia is calling a rally at 12:30 in front of the
Colombian consulate
(1010 Sherbrooke West, corner of Metcalfe) to then
march in the streets of Montreal.

In Colombia, nearly 4 million people have been forcibly displaced within
the country, mostly due to paramilitary death squads. Between 1982 and
2005, paramilitaries perpetrated 3 500 massacres and stole more than 6
million hectares of land for the implementation of exploitative economic
mega-projects. Since 2002 and their supposed 'demobilization', they have
assassinated 600 people each year. During the first term of current
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2006), at least 11 084 people were
assassinated or 'disappeared' for political reasons. According to their own
statements, paramilitaries control 35% of the national Parliament while
more than 60 functionaries of all levels are accused of collaborating with
paramilitaries, in the sadly infamous scandal of "para-politics". Just
recently in January 2008 alone, paramilitaries committed 2 massacres, 9
forced disappearances and 8 homicides while the army perpetrated 16
extra-legal executions. To this date, the immense majority of these crimes
go unpunished.

We must equally denounce the Free Trade Agreement that is currently being
negotiated between the Harper government and Colombia, an agreement that
only reinforces the current dynamic in Colombia by prioritizing policies of
peasant extermination and exploitation of natural resources and land.

We manifest our solidarity with the victims of State Terrorism in Colombia
for the liberation of political prisoners, justice, true reparation for the
victims of the conflict, the effective dismantlement of paramilitary
structures, the restitution of lands to displaced peoples, an end to
impunity, that the Colombian government to stop criminalizing and
repressing human rights organizations and Colombian resistance
communities, that the Colombian government recognize the existence of the
conflict within the country and for a negotiated political solution to the
social armed conflict.

We also invite you on March 6th at 6:00 PM to the Simon Bolivar Cultural
(394 boul. De Maisonneuve west, metro Place-des-Arts) to a
panel-forum being held on State Terrorism, paramilitarism and impunity in

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No more executions and disappearances

No more forced displacements

No more paramilitaries, No more state crimes