Thursday, October 23, 2008
Indigenous Groups in Mass March to Cali, Colombia
Radical Indigenous groups from the southern Colombian region of Cauca have been protesting since October 12th of this year against the Uribe Government's continued attacks upon them and against neo liberal economic programs that have put their homes in jeopardy as multi nationals move in to exploit the region. Thousands of marchers are making their way to the large Colombian city of Cali blocking the Pan American Highway as they go. Other indigenous and campesinos have been spontaneously joining the march and clashing with poice.
Two demonstrators have been shot and killed by the ESMAD (riot police), President Uribe originally denied these reports until videos of ESMAD firing M-16s at protesters surfaced and he was forced to admit he lied. Protesters have also captured infiltrators and given them 'indigenous justice'
Mas video sobre los enfrentamientos en Colombia en español.