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Colombia: Military Assault Against Indigenous Protesters, Mobilizations Continue -- See Video Link in Comments

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Indigenous protesters thru-out Latin America staged events/protests to celebrate Day of Indigenous Resistance. Colombia gathering got global attention- marred by violent attack by armed forces firing into crowd of >10,000 over 2days. Urgent appeal!


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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 7:00 am

ACIN's video clip on violent backlash carried out by government forces against communities in last week's mobilization on the Pan American Highway
ACIN is the Association of Indigenous Townships of Northern Cauca

Updates and other videos are on this site:

November 3, 2008- From ACIN;

This is the latest communique put out by the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca regarding the continuation of the Minga.

Updates and background from Professor Mario A. Murillo
(associate professor of Communication at Hofstra University in New York, & author of 'Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization,' currently living in Colombia, finishing a book about the indigenous movement and its uses of community media.) who has been covering the events & continues as the situation evolves:

History Repeats Itself For Indigenous Communities in Colombia: Mass Mobilization Facing Government Backlash in Northern Cauca Amidst "State of Internal Commotion"

November 3- No End in Sight: Indigenous and Popular Minga Continues, Debate with Colombian President Stalls

Another Front in the Conflict: Colombian Government's Propaganda vs. Indigenous Media Perspectives

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 7:51 am

I'm afraid I cannot translate Spanish or even understand more than a bit,
so I'm appealing to Spanish-speaking members of C2 to translate the description of their video that ACIN (the Association of Indigenous Townships of Northern Cauca) put on YouTube:

Muestra de como se de dieron las Agresiones de la Fuerza Pública a Comunidad Movilizada en la María Piendamó Cauca octubre de 2008

TODOS SOMOS CORTEROS. TODOS SOMOS INDÍGENAS. Todos somos culpables de luchar por la dignidad y la vida contra un régimen al que se le agotaron los argumentos y solamente tiene uno: fabricar el enemigo que le conviene para eliminar el contradictor que lo supera en dignidad y en derecho.

Although the video is eloquent enough without translation -- we can SEE that people are getting shot and killed --
it would also be interesting to know what the protesters and the soldiers are saying to each other in the video.

Pamylle G (458)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 10:03 am
The criminal interference of the U.S. goverment is beyond belief, and has stopped some of the most progressive movements in the world.

Why can't indigenous people share in the wealth of their own countries ? Why must they be undermined and mowed down ? It is beyongd my comprehension until the word "empire" comes to mind...


. (0)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 5:51 pm
If anyone hasn't seen the John Pilger documentary "The War On democracy"I would urge them to beg borrow or steal it.He looks at the whole anti-democratic,pro corporate agenda of US foreign policy.The US has destabilised 49 governments,since the end of the second world war..and replaced them, with such humanitarians as General Pinochet.

Ola H (27)
Wednesday November 5, 2008, 2:57 am
Radical Panda: The John Pilger democracy you mentioned can be watched for free here:

The War On Democracy by John Pilger


Ola H (27)
Wednesday November 5, 2008, 3:04 am
Ehum, "documentary" was the word I was looking for...
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