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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 00:00

Another campesino leader killed in Cauca

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The first of November the dead body of Jhon Jairo Rodriguez Torres was found; he was member of the Community Action Board of El Palo, Caloto (Cauca) and campesino leader of Marcha Patriotica, a social and political movement of national presence that counts with the participation of over 2000 social and political organizations.

Rodriguez, 34, was found dead with three gunshot wounds on the road between the Toez indigenous reserve and the village of El Palo. Jhon Jairo Rodriguez Torres was a father of four children and member of the Association of Workers in Pro of Constituting the Peasant Reserve Zone of Caloto and also member of the Popular Unity Process of the Colombian Southwest (PUPSOC).

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This is the fourth social leader who is killed in the department of Cauca during the course of this year. Since its foundation in 2012, the Marcha Patriotica has suffered the murder of 120 militants and social leaders. The political and social movement has called on all institutions and competent authorities to investigate these events and apply strict justice against those responsible.

The demand for protection and guarantees to be provided for all agricultural organizations and social movements is something that has been expressed in multiple occasions to all competent institutions and through various means.

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These types of cases are not unfortunately the exception but rather the rule, something that Colombia has suffered for many years and that has directly fed the armed conflict dynamics. Very low or no media coverage is given to these events despite their importance, the end of the armed conflict will not be achieved if political persecution persists.

Reference: Marcha Patriótica

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