[act-ma] Boston in Solidarity with Colombia on March 6 - 4pm Park Street
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BOSTON IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE ACTIVITIES OF MARCH 6 IN COLOMBIA
FOR THE MISSING, THE DISPLACED, THE MASSACRED AND THE EXECUTED
PARK STREET STATION, RED LINE, BOSTON
THURSDAY, MARCH 6 - 4PM
March 1, 2008.-- From Boston we express our solidarity with the initial call made in Colombia to denounce the crimes of the State and the paramilitary and demand that repression be stopped now. Likewise we denounce the responsibility of the United States for their support to these criminal regimes in Colombia. The U.S. Congress has approved support with code names like Colombia Plan, Patriot Plan or lately Consolidation Plan. All these plans provide funds and weapons used in the elimination of progressive forces in Colombia. We also make it clear that supporting the Colombian government and its armed forces it is also providing support for narco-paramilitary forces.
The march called for March 6 in Colombia and the world seeks to clarify that in Colombia the main responsible force for violence is the State itself. This is also in contrast with a mobilization called last February 4 supposedly for human rights but used to advanced the goal of the government to hide their responsibility in the torture, imprisonment, killing and disappearances of thousands of Colombians.
We demand the immediate liberation all political prisoners and prisoners of war in Colombia.
Signed by: Boston May Day Coalition, MLK Bolivarian Circle, Permanent Committee for Peace in Colombia, Chelsea United Against the War.
Following is the original call issued in Colombia:
NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE COLOMBIA STATE, THE PARAMILITARY FORCES AND THEIR POLITICIANS
FOR THE MISSING, THE DISPLACE, THE MASSACRED, THE EXECUTED
In Colombia nearly four million people have been displaced, mostly by the actions of paramilitary groups. These groups, either acting on their own or together with members of the armed forces, have killed and disappeared at least 15,000 compatriots and have buried them in more than 3,000 underground burial places or thrown their bodies in the rivers; they have killed more than 1,700 indigenous people, 2,550 union organizers, and about 5,000 members of the Patriotic Unity organization. They regularly torture their victims before killing them. Between 1982 and 2005 the paramilitary carried out more than 3,500 massacres, and stole more than six million hectares of land. After 2002, when they allegedly "de-mobilize", they have killed 600 people per year. Their politicians reached 35% control of the Parliament. Since 2002 to-date, members of the National Army have carried out more than 950 executions.
This year 2008 alone, the paramilitary carried out 2 massacres, 9 forced disappearances, 8 homicides, and the Army is responsible for 16 extra-judicial executions. In Colombia, officers of the State and the paramilitary violate human rights and all humanitarian rights. Many paramilitary groups have not de-mobilized. They now call themselves Black Eagles. Many politicians linked to these groups are in public and diplomatic government positions.
No more common graves. No more forced disappearances. No more paramilitaries. No more politicians linked to the paramilitary. No more state crimes!
MARCH 6 2008
The National Movement of Victims of State Crimes of Colombia (Movimiento Nacional de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado)
Sign the on-line petitions to:
1. Stop the Raids and Deportations, and
2. Demand that the U.S. sign the UN Convention on Migrant Workers Rights
Please go to: http://www.bostonmayday.org
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