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Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:12 PM

We must end this collusion with terror in Colombia

We must end this collusion with terror in Colombia

As talks to end a 50-year war hang in the balance, violent repression carries on – and the US and Britain stand behind it

Seumas Milne
The Guardian, Wednesday 30 July 2014 15.45 EDT

The Colombian port of Buenaventura is a place of misery and fear. Four-fifths of the mainly black population live in dire poverty and paramilitary gangs exercise a reign of terror. Most of Colombia’s imports come through the port, which is being massively expanded to meet the demands of new free trade agreements.

But there’s no sign of any benefit in Buenaventura’s slums, whose deprivation is reminiscent of the worst of Bangladesh. Most of the city’s population have no sewerage and many no power. Tens of thousands have been forced off their land around the city to make way for corporate “megaprojects”.

Most horrifically, paramilitaries have been dismembering those who cross them with chainsaws in shacks known as chophouses. The police admit a dozen have met these grisly deaths in recent months, but Buenaventura’s bishop says the real figure is far higher.

The government insists the rightwing paramilitary groups that have terrorised Colombia’s opposition have been dissolved. But in Buenaventura, they can be seen openly fraternising with soldiers on the streets, and they even publish their own newspaper.


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yurbud Aug 2014 #1

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Sat Aug 2, 2014, 04:11 AM

1. our banks profit from the drug trade and at most get a slap on the wrist if caught

when there are profits to be made, human rights and democracy don't take a back seat, they ride in the trunk wrapped in plastic and duct tape until they can find a good place to bury them.

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