July 27, 1998
In the name of the communities of the Magdalena Medio, and especially the
campesinos of the municipalities of San Pablo, Cantagallo, Arenal, Regidor,
Yondo, and Morales, we thank you for your message of solidarity.
At this time, five thousand campesinos, from the above mentioned
municipalities, are on the move to Barrancabermeja, of those some four
thousand five hundred found shelter in Puerto Wilches while they regroup
to move to Barranca. The municipality has given them basic assistance but
their resources are limited.
Since July 21st, eight hundred campesinos from Yondo, Remedios, and
Cantagallo have been living in Barranca. These people were joined by
another 500 who succeeded in arriving yesterday, July 26th, from Puerto
Today we expect the arrival of many of the campesinos we encountered in
Wilches, and from other mobilizations from Yond— and Remedios, due to
the continual kidnappings. The goal of their movement, united together, is
to ask that:
¥ The paramilitaries remove themselves from the region and end their
terrorism of the people
¥ The judicial processes, and the firing of the officials of the military
forces implicated in the massacres carried out in the region begin.
¥ The government comply with the agreements of the marches of the
Sur de Bolivar and the Valle del Cimitarra, made in 1996.
¥ The multinationals that have interests in entering the Sur de Bolivar
first make an agreement with the miners in order to protect their lives
and autonomy, justice, and the environment.
We share this information with you in the hopes of promoting solidarity and
with immense gratitude for your interest and support.
Francisco de Roux
Programa de Desarrollo y Paz del Magdalena Medio
(Development and Peace Project)
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