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La Piedra - Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia - November 2020

17 November 2020

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Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia

Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia

November 2020

Colombia: between genocide and resistance


Being Colombian and living in Colombia at this time,looks like a terrible picture of history, and realizing that although the years pass, the landscapes and characters portrayed mutate, change their appearance, but do not alter the original order of the image. In other words, the genocide we are witnessing today, is a photograph of the genocide that has shaken the country for decades, but the demise has also been an institutional policy, and that has a special weight today.


Humanitarian camp for life set up in response to the humanitarian crisis in Colombia


Bogotá, September 7, 2020 - From early morning hours, nearly 30 people have decided to set up a humanitarian camp in front of one of the headquarters of the International Red Cross in Bogotá, seeking  for this organization to establish official channels of communication with the national government to face the humanitarian crisis that the country is experiencing, so that immediate measures can be taken to stop the assassination of social leaders, dismantle paramilitarism and definitively stop the massacres.


Oct 21st: Colombia witnesses massive national strike


On October 21, tens of thousands of workers, peasants, teachers, students, Indigenous and Afro-descendant people took part in a new national strike in Colombia. Demonstrations were held throughout the country in rejection of the economic crisis, rising unemployment, police repression, the increase in massacres, assassination of social leaders....among other issues.


Several killed as protests against police killing rage on in Colombia


Bogotá is in flames following the murder of 46-year-old Javier Ordóñez by police officers early on September 9, Colombian Human Rights Day. The incident was recorded by Ordóñez’s friends and shared widely on social media, leading to a strong backlash from the public. By the afternoon of September 9, people across Bogotá and other cities were on the streets protesting.


The tragic assassination of Colombia’s sports hero Patrón, in Chocó  


Patrón was a founder of Kinchas, a barrier against the glyphosate. We demarcated the food-growing zones with huge tall yellow and green banners so that the pilots of the small planes would know not to spray there.” Kinchas was a barrier against the glyphosate and other toxins; people like Patrón built it to protect the growing of subsistence crops using agro-ecological techniques. 


Two years of Duque’s Colombia: deepening neoliberalism, increased violence and a public health crisis


August 7 marked two years since Iván Duque took office as president of Colombia. For the Colombian people, these two years have been marked by incessant attacks on the rights of people, an increase in violence and the deepening of the economic crisis. Colombia also has the eighth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world and the number of deaths is also steadily increasing.


Police fire rubber bullets, use Taser during confrontation at Land Back Lane


Witnesses say police fired at least six rubber bullets and tasered a young man after someone threw a rock at their cruiser. In the ensuing chaos, Ontario Provincial Police fell back to a reinforced position about 500 metres from the camp’s back entrance. The standoff came just hours after an Ontario Superior Court judge granted a permanent injunction against the Haudenosaunee who have been occupying a housing development on contested land since July 19.


Trophy Hunters and roadblocks on Highway 117

Since mid-September, members of the Anishnabeg communities, whose unceded territories are superimposed on the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve, have erected roadblocks that block access to the sport hunting camps along Highway 117. For several years, the Anishnabeg have been demanding a moratorium on moose hunting, after observing a decline in moose populations.


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Peoples Dispatch, formerly The Dawn News, is an international media organization with the mission of bringing to you voices from people’s movements and organizations across the globe. 

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.