The Movement said in a statement to be “concerned and sad after the event occurred on 19 October when Esneider Gonzales, a member of our Movement, was shot eight times by an unknown assailant at the door of his house”. Despite the serious wounds, likely Gonzales is now out of danger and recovering in hospital.
In its statement, it underlines that “episodes like this will not affect our commitment to peace”, and adds that “the agreements between the Government and the FARC-EP and the establishment of a negotiation table with the ELN has filled of hope and optimism all people working hard to reach peace with social justice”.
The Movement also underlines that “we cannot talk about peace when the policy of the ‘internal enemy’ is kept alive, that is to say when persecution and repression of social and community leaders, human rights defenders continue and when paramilitary structures are kept alive and keep spreading death and war in our territories”.
The Movement calls on polítical forces, social movements and the community in general “to support the implementation of the Havana agreements, the opening of the negotiation table with the ELN and to have an agenda of unitary mobilization that will allow all of us to express the desire for peace of the whole people of Colombia".