miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2012

Political prisoners between tortures and invisibility: ‘crime of rebellion’ for opposing capitalist monopoly

Political prisoners between tortures and invisibility: ‘crime of rebellion’ for opposing capitalist monopoly

2012  BY AZALEA ROBLES FOR LA PLUMA, translation David A. LaPluma Team

In Colombia thousands of men and women are convicted of the “crime of rebellion” - established in the criminal code - and likewise convicted, by way of a wholly arbitrary extension, of “terrorism” [1], a conceptual category encompassing everything that upsets the Colombian state and big money in a looted nation which seeks to drown social unrest by killings and imprisonment. 

Of the 9500 political prisoners held by the Colombian state, it is estimated that about 90% are civilians imprisoned for their political activities, their critical thinking, and their opposition to predatory environmental policies: trade unionists, environmentalists, teachers, rural leaders, academics, lawyers, doctors, human rights defenders...even artists are subject to legal persecution. In addition, it is well known that there is a social, political and armed conflict in Colombia and that, in that context, the insurgents incarcerated by the state are political prisoners of war, because their demands are above all political and because there is a war. But the Colombian state tries to blot out the sun with its thumb.  

The existence of thousands of political prisoners is testimony to the repressive war unleashed by the Colombian state against social demands; and, as such, the demand for freedom for political prisoners is a core element in the building of true peace with social justice.

Capitalism in Colombia expresses itself with violent fits: the terror that accompanies the pillaging of resources for the benefit of big capital is applied in its starkest form against the population, with the goal of displacing large numbers of people from coveted regions and to bring an end to their demands. More than 5.4 million people are displaced and dispossessed of their lands in Colombia, where multinationals and large landowners monopolize the stolen lands, and where property titles are now legalized through fancy maneuvers protected by Santos’s land legislation which, as has been amply denounced by the communities, legalizes this theft. 

At a time when the contradictions within global capitalism are deepening to an extreme degree between capitalist accumulation and survival of the species, the repressive strategies developed in Colombia are also destined to be applied elsewhere in the region, a fact which constitutes one more reason - beyond ethical reasons - for solidarity with the Colombian people.

TORTURE: the killing of family members as a form of torture*

There is so much to denounce regarding the tortures, these aberrations committed against political prisoners which surpass one another in their horrors and which are committed under cover of ostracism and invisibility: for this reason solidarity with political prisoners should be put forth as a social priority. There are prisoners who spend years stuck in jail cells [2], where they suffer beatings, humiliations, and physical as well as psychological tortures. There are prisoners pushed towards death through the denial of medical attention [3], blind and limbless prisoners, paralytics, the terminally ill who live a permanent torture, denied even pain relieving medications and stuck in prison yards full of paramilitaries despite being totally defenseless. A telling case is that of the political prisoner Oscar Elias Tordecilla, who, with his arms amputated, also fell blind as a result of denial of necessary medical care, and was jailed in an extreme situation, purposely placed in a penitentiary without political prisoners, in a cell block full of paramilitaries, in violation of the ruling by the Institute of Legal Medicine (INML) and of international humanitarian law [4]. Likewise there are numerous political prisoners and prisoners of war who have suffered the murder of their family members because they have refused to play the role of false witnesses for the police in legal set-ups against farm leaders, labor unionists and social activists. One case of this type is that of the political prisoner Carlos Ivan Peña Orjuela. Carlos Ivan had been subjected to pressure by the judicial police of the SIJIN so that he would testify against farm leaders from Magdalena Medio. In the face of his refusal to collaborate in such legal framings, the police first disappeared and then killed his younger brother. And police later used a legal frame-up to jail the family member who cared for his six year old son while also threatening to kill the boy. The Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners denounces:  

“(Peña Orjuela) was pressured to ‘cooperate’ or else ‘it would cost him dearly’ (...) SIJIN agent Juan Carlos Celis Torres made threats to legally frame his family and directly threatened his son, saying that his son could ‘all of a sudden go to bed but not wake up’. He gave him a deadline by which to become another of those many paid witnesses that abound in the Colombian judicial system”. [5] After the threats came more serious crimes: “the forced disappearance and murder of the political detainee’s younger brother (...) the kidnapping of Maria Yolanda Cañón, the family member who took care of his son. The political detainee proceeded to call Maria Yolanda’s cell phone, which was answered by SIJIN agent Celis Torres, who taunted him, warning him that if he insisted in refusing to ‘cooperate’ they would continue (...) In exact words : ‘I told you to cooperate and you didn’t want to cooperate and so the prosecutor had a little package and it fell upon me to go and capture it and I also have some other little packages over there as well’. The CSPP denounces the “illegal and vengeful acts by members of the judicial police to produce ‘results’ that ignore human rights and international humanitarian law. Practices consistent with the policies that have resulted in the extrajudicial killings known as ‘false positives’ and the large scale prosecution of an innocent civilian population, detained during the famous ‘mass arrests” [ibid].

*To read more about the reality of the Colombian people and the issue of political prisoners in a integrated and contextualized manner visit: 


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Azalea Robles, 2012
* Azalea Robles, a contributor to La Pluma 

domingo, 8 de enero de 2012

Critical thinking and social battles are not “terrorism” Colombia: Miguel Ángel Beltrán is free but 9,500 political prisoners remain

Critical thinking and social battles are not “terrorism”
Colombia: Miguel Ángel Beltrán is free but 9,500 political prisoners remain

Azalea Robles 
Traducido por  Supriyo Chatterjee 

After more than two years of being imprisoned in a crude show trial, of suffering persecutions and threats to his life inside the prison, as also stalking and threats to his family, friends and lawyers, Miguel Ángel Beltrán, academic, sociologist and historian who was kidnapped in Mexico and handed over to Colombia where two years of a Kafkaesque process awaited him, has walked free. As Beltrán put it:
“I consider that the attitude of branding everyone who investigates the social reality through a critical lens as a guerrilla comes from a State which persecutes and criminalizes those of us who think differently. Precisely this is what happened to me and for this my academic writings have been taken as proof to accuse me of the crime of rebellion, which constitutes a clear persecution of critical thinking. The purpose of the regime in depriving me of my liberty, despite that the illegality of the proof was found out a long time ago, is to send a clear message to critical academics and the public university in general: ‘be careful in social and armed conflict from a perspective different to the official one: look at what can happen to you. Take care in thinking critically.’ And this, undoubtedly, has shut up some sectors of the university who have taken refuge in silence.” (1)
The past weeks have been particularly anxious ones for Beltrán and his family. First the testimony of an agent, who worked for DAS (Colombian secret police) in Mexico, came to be known in which he stated that he had trailed Professor Beltrán and that the professor was not part of any international commission of FARC (Colombian guerrilla army) as the Colombian state had accused him. Later his testimony was rejected by ‘Colombian justice’ under the claim that it was not valid because it was not made in person. (2) The Mexican agent declared before the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico for security reasons that Beltrán was innocent and that he had said so to DAS but had obtained from it the response that Beltrán was a “trophy”.
Beltrán walked free on June 4, 2011, from what is considered as “judicial kidnapping”, something known by thousands of political prisoners which, in Beltrán’s case, lasted for two years. Beltrán had repeatedly denounced the prosecution, of which he was a victim, as a message to terrorise critical thinking, as a way of impeding the investigating the historical and social roots of the social and armed conflict in Colombia. As he indicated in the interview of April 14, 2011, “the truth makes the system uncomfortable” (See 1). Among the “proof” that was grotesquely put forward against Beltrán were his writings, making each judicial hearing an inquisitorial parody. As Beltrán always maintained: critical thinking is not “terrorism”.
The Constitutional Court’s ruling on the invalidity of the “magical computers” should bring about more freeing
Beltrán walked free thanks to the May 2011 judgment of the Colombian Constitutional Court that invalidated as “proof” the so-called “magic laptop” which the Colombian state claimed to have recovered (3) in the camp of the guerrilla commander Raúl Reyes, bombed in 2008 in flagrant violation of Ecuadorian territory – the three survivors recounted how the injured were, after the bombardment, shot at point-blank by Colombian soldiers, and the autopsies confirmed the massacre.
There are at least fifty people imprisoned and accused under the “proof” of the “magic computers”, charged with belonging to or collaborating with FARC: these people should be freed immediately if the judgment of the Constitutional Court is respected; but the Attorney General, who some signal as an “inquisitorial body” and “apparatus of political persecution”, has called for the ruling to be contested, for which the expected freeings have still not happened. Among those whose liberty follows immediately by law is the journalist, Joaquín Pérez Becerra, recently handed over to the Colombian government by the Venezuelan government, without respect for due process of an ordered extradition and in violation of human rights (4) and the sociologist and documentary-maker Liliany Obando who has spent almost three years imprisoned, separated from her children, being a mother and head of family, and who is being kept in “judicial kidnapping”, with the aggravating fact that it is time for “liberty for the exceeding of deadline” (5), given that the time stipulated in law has passed “without the public hearing having been completed, which according to Article 365 (section 5), the Law 600 of 2000 constitutes a reason for liberty for exceeding of deadline. (Ibid) The exceeding of deadline notwithstanding, and despite the ruling of the Constitutional Court about the invalidity of the “proof” of the computers that the state attributes to Raúl Reyes, Liliany and Obando remain prisoners and victims of constant sanctions for having assumed in the prison the defence of human rights of other prisoners.
There are other prisoners and political detainees, accusations against whom have been invalidated by the Constitutional Court ruling but who still remain imprisoned. There are accusations that behind the walls Liliany Obando is being repressed harshly to deny access to her the one-to-one visits in solidarity with the political prisoners being held in Bogotá in the first week of June. “The Immediate Response Group entered Patio 6 of Buen Pastor and without any explanation removed the prisoner of conscience Liliany Obando Villota, proceeding to isolate her, causing anxiety to her family (…) the prisoner was translated to another high-security yard away for the other political prisoners (6). Liliany Obando is being deprived of her liberty from August 8, 2008.

Cartoon by Juan Kalvellido for the campaign launched by Tlaxcala on Sept.1, 2009, Free Miguel Ángel Beltrán Villegas, political prisoner in Colombia !
In its declaration, the Public Prosecutor claimed the Constitutional Court’s ruling was “an act of treason against the country”
Beltrán was freed reluctantly. The Public Prosecutor expressed its total discontent with the court ruling, claiming the judgment would be a “treason against the country”. This is how Eduardo Umaña Mendoza of the Judicial Brigade put it: “The judge absolved Miguel Ángel of all charges which the Attorney General’s office had unjustly saddled on him, which in a grotesque manner in its declarations said that the writ of prohibition which the Criminal Appeals section of the Honourable Supreme Court of Justice issued on 18 May 2011 was ‘an act of treason against the county’. This reveals the character of political persecution that the Attorney General now diligently assumes.
The sociologist Miguel Ángel Beltrán insists that is about political prosecution, denouncing that the critical intellectuals in Colombia are branded as guerrillas as a way of impeding the development of critical thinking and social conscience. The academics are objects of persecution and stigmatisation as happened with Orlando Fals Borda or with more recent cases like that of Professor Alfredo Correa de Andréis who, after being freed and leaving the prison, was assassinated by the paramilitary arm in 2004.
Beltrán was accused of engaging in aggravated crimes and rebellion. He was captured on May 22, 2009, in Mexico City, from where he was shifted to Bogotá, where he was imprisoned at La Picota. After more than two years of anguish and infringement of his liberty, he left free to take care of his life from the paramilitaries because not a few people, finally freed after judicial show trials, suffer assassinations or forced disappearances in Colombia. The coherent and critical voices, like that of Professor Beltrán, are prosecuted by the dirty war developed by the state and its parastatal forces, now rebaptised with the euphemism “BACRIM” in an attempt to conceal them. Despite the make-over operations, “the actions of the government of Santos to cover up paramilitarism (7), the savagery keeps intensifying daily, and the public forces and the paramilitary arm keep on assassinating and massacring, as the Movement of the Victims of Crimes of State have denounced: “In the politics of democratic prosperity, the persistence of crimes against humanity are covered up under the denomination of criminal bands, which is part of the rejigging of the paramilitaries and the false spectacle of demobilisation. The mafia-like, political and business powers of the paramilitary structures persist (…) The criminalisation of social protest, the penalising of farmers, students and human rights defenders, with the prolongation of the practice of forced disappearance, of sexual violence, of military control over life and critical thinking, continue.” (Ibid)
Colombia, bitter ‘record’ in political prisoners: judicial montage and inhuman conditions of imprisonment
Colombia’s is a bitter record in political prisoners: with 9,500 political prisoners, of whom at least 9,000 are civilians imprisoned in judicial montage – trade unionists, teachers, students, academics, peasants, lawyers, human rights defenders, environmentalists, sociologists, artists, documentary-makers. All who demand social justice and get on with critical thinking are exposed to suffering the repression of the Colombian regime and prosecution in show trials with “magic” laptops or witnesses paid by DAS.
All prisoners are exposed to torture, degrading treatment and denial of medical assistance. A study of the centres of imprisonment of political prisoners has systematically revealed that the food contains faecal matter. At Tramacúa prison, the humanitarian condition has been denounced as: “Inhuman conditions, beatings and torture persist in the high-security prison of Tramacúa, in Colombia, claimed the Alliance for Global Justice. The prisoners are deprived of water and the food contains faecal matter or is rotten, as has been verified by the United Nations Human Rights Commission and different NGOs, and the sanitary conditions are deficient.” (8)
The denial of water for three consecutive days is a repeat practice in detention centres as in Valledupar, in the interior of which the temperature hovers around 35-40°C; prisoners have fallen ill from infected water and infections not treated for denial of medical assistance have even produced fatalities. In the centres in Bogotá and in colder places, one of the harmful practices for the health of the prisoners is making them bathe in freezing water and forcing them to remain naked in yards in temperatures that can hover around 5°C, as the prisoners of ERON centre have denounced, where the practices are inspired by the U.S. prison model and imposed on Colombia.
“Projected to host around 4,000 prisoners, the installations of ERON-Bogotá do not comply with the minimum norms established by international protocols for the treatment of people deprived of liberty (…) it obliges us to do our necessary physiological necessities in public view, violating the right to intimacy; meanwhile in the yard are eight communal showers for a population of 220 internees. Sunlight never enters the prison and the lighting and ventilation are precarious; despite the low temperature in the prison, they have not provided us with blankets nor do they let these in (…) For movements inside the prison, dealing with visits, interviews with lawyers and other formalities, we are handcuffed. The situation contrasts with the absence of cameras in the aisles and yards, facilitating the realisation of these illegal acts by the prison authorities. (9) The prisoners similarly denounced that they are deprived “of access to work, study or learning as a mechanism for overcoming sorrow, demonstrating that the proclaimed “purpose of resocialising” of the prison establishment is a chimera, as they never take protective actions that prevent or minimise the effects of the process of imprisonment.” (Ibid)
The situation of mothers, political prisoners and head of families, is dramatic as one of the tortures employed by the prison authority INPEC is to blackmail them with restricting the right to visits of their children and to threaten them that their children will end up being handed over to orphanages if they do not comply with demands made of them to qualify for the opportunity for liberty; and when the mothers as head of families do not have families to look after their children they have the misfortune of the little ones are sent to state centres, to prolong the misery of the mothers in a way that violates even their constitutional rights.
The political prisoners are subjected to repeated beatings and sometimes even to being kept in yards full of paramilitaries, in which they are isolated from other political prisoners, with the evident intent of an attempt on their lives and physical integrity. Many of them have been assassinated in these circumstances though it has been denounced on many occasions. The political prisoners are also hastened to their death by illnesses and infections provoked by adulterated medicines and the inhospitable conditions in the prisons: in advanced stages of illness, medical assistance is denied to them. In 2011 alone, five political prisoners have died in Colombian jails as a consequence of torture. (10)
The testimony of prisoner of war Diomedes Meneses is a representative one:
The state took out one eye with a knife; they showed no mercy with his humanity in leaving him paralysed; they slit his throat and sent him to the morgue in a cataleptic state and tried to kill him on finding out that he was still alive. Behind bars, they took it out on him, leaving him to lose his leg from gangrene without due treatment: torturing him by denying medicines and other practices. (See the video about the case of Diomedes Meneses)
Chronicles of the other shack, Miguel Ángel Beltrán: a voice that not even the bars could still
Miguel Ángel Beltrán: “The backdrop to the writing that I present in my book, The Chronicles of the Other Shack, is the armed and social conflict bludgeoning Colombia for more than half a century and which has brought about a high economic and social costs, particularly that of lives. There have been episodes of intense military confrontations but also of dialogues which, unfortunately, have not crystallised in agreements that eradicate the roots feeding this fratricidal war. In that sense, I consider that the recent liberation of politicians and soldiers held by FARC is a signal that the armed organisation is sending in creating conditions towards smoothening the path for a possible dialogue between the guerrillas and the State. Nevertheless, I do not perceive a real desire for peace on the part of President Santos who, even if he has a style of governance different to that of his predecessor, maintains the line of privileging a military exit.
“When the President affirms that “the door of peace is not closed” but that to open it the guerrillas should cease their military activities, give up arms, etc, in reality he is telling the Colombians that the war is going to continue. How is it to be expected that the FARC, after more than 46 years, demobilise its men and hand over its weapons in exchange for vague promises of peace? Especially, when it is up against a State that has systematically breached agreements. It is enough to glance at Colombian history, from the surrender of Guadalupe Salcedo, under the military government of Rojas Pinilla, till the more recent agreements (…) the breach has been a constant.” (11)
Critical thinking:
“Critical thinking is, in my way of seeing, a fundamental condition of academic and intellectual work: it offers us the possibility of analysing and examining the reality from a different perspective to the dominant ideas (…) Critical thinking has been the indispensable motor for the advance of humanity, but it has not taken a linear route and has had to confront institutional powers interested in showing only one truth (…) In a country like ours, crisscrossed by an internal secular conflict, the exercise of critical thinking is still more necessary. We social researchers have the ethical and political obligation of investigating these realities that hegemonic thinking tries to hide. It is about truths which make the system uncomfortable, and which it tries to erase, criminalizing those of us trying to find it. Today, those to whom we signal critical readings of the social reality, mark us publicly as ‘terrorists’, but as surely tomorrow these aspects of the reality will be discovered and the dimensions of an armed and social conflict – which the governments in turn have tried to reduce to a “terrorist threat” – will be recognised. (Ibid)
Professor Miguel Ángel Beltrán is a necessary voice for the Colombian people, as also the 7,500 voices imprisoned under show trials.
(1) Miguel Ángel in interview of 14 April 2011, “The truth is uncomfortable for the system” http://www.traspasalosmuros.net/node/360
(2) The witness for worked for DAS in Mexico declared the innocence of Miguel Ángel Beltrán; DAS and the Prosecutor General hid this report; and after the witness appeared again supported by the office of Human Rights, the Colombian ‘justice’ denied the possibility of the proof.  http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=129414&titular=un-falso-%22testigo%22-del-das-en-m%E9xico-declara-la-inocencia-de-miguel-%E1ngel-beltr%E1n-
(3) All the judicial processes based on the “magic laptops” have collapsed: the Supreme Court of Justice disqualified the archives of the bombed computer as proof http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=128769&titular=la-corte-suprema-de-justicia-descalifica-los-archivos-del-bombardeado-computador-como-pruebas-
(4) Joaquín Pérez Becerra, journalist: in the formal hearing before a judge in Bogotá: Lawyers ask for annulling the process against Joaquín Pérez Becerra, director of the Anncol news agencyhttp://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=129467&titular=abogados-piden-la-nulidad-del-proceso-contra-joaqu%EDn-p%E9rez-becerra-director-de-agencia-anncol-
At the root of the illegal handover of Joaquín Pérez Becerra: calling for tenderness, between treachery, censorship and persecution http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=128568
(5) Liliany Obando sociologist, documentary-maker, trade unionist, Judge arbitrarily denies the right to liberty of Lilian Patricia Obando Villota, Colombian political prisoner. Nevertheless the fact is:
 “Desde la fecha en que quedo en firme la calificación del merito del sumario hasta la actualidad han transcurrido dos (2) años y veinte (20) días sin que se haya terminado la audiencia pública, lo que según el artículo 365 (numeral 5) la Ley 600 de 2000 constituye una causal de libertad por vencimiento de términos”
(6) SOS Liliany Obando denounces retaliations against her, removal and isolation:http://www.traspasalosmuros.net/node/453
(7) “ Inhuman conditions, beatings and tortures persist in the high-security prison of La Tramacúa, en Colombia, claims Alliance for Global Justice. The prisoners are deprived of water and the food contains faecal matter or is rotten, as has been verified by the United Nations Human Rights Commission and different NGOs, and the sanitary conditions are deficient.” Tuesday 17 May 2011
“La Tramacúa: The Abu Ghraib of Colombia”. First part of the series of repression designed by the USA in the Colombian prison system. James Jordan / Friday 20 August 2010http://www.prensarural.org/spip/spip.php?article4487
Leandro tired of eating faeces committed suicide in prison today
(8)The actions of the Santos government to cover up paramilitarism” (…) the Movement for the Victims of Crimes of State denounce him: “In the politics of democratic prosperity, the persistence of crimes against humanity are covered up under the denomination of criminal bands, which is part of the rejigging of the paramilitaries and the false spectacle of demobilisation. The mafia-like, political and business powers of the paramilitary structures persist (…) The criminalization of social protest, the penalising of farmers, students and human rights defenders, with the prolongation of the practice of forced disappearance, of sexual violence, of military control over life and critical thinking, continue.”  http://www.polodemocratico.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=487:movice-anuncia-acciones-contra-encubrimiento-a-reingenieria-paramilitar-&catid=64:nacionales&Itemid=48
(9) Torture prison ERON denounced http://www.traspasalosmuros.net/node/448
(10) Already 5 political prisoners have died for denial of medical assistance in the prisons of Colombia in 2011.
There are around 500 prisoners of war and 7,000 political prisoners in the prisons of the Colombian regime; torture is denounces a grave and recurring practice against these 7,500 political prisoners
(11) Miguel Ángel in the interview of 14 April 2011, “The truth makes the system uncomfortable”http://www.traspasalosmuros.net/node/360

Gracias a: Tlaxcala
Fuente: http://azalearobles.blogspot.com/2011/06/libre-miguel-angel-beltran-faltan-7500.html
Fecha de publicación del artículo original: 05/06/2011
URL de esta página en Tlaxcala: http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=5015 

martes, 8 de noviembre de 2011

State terrorism in Colombia

State terrorism in Colombia

State Terrorism in Colombia February 2011 Updated figures

by Azalea Robles

In just the last 3 years, more than 38,255 people have been missing due to State Terrorism in Colombia ... 250,000 people are estimated to be missing (kidnapped and tortured) in the last 20 years, under the logic of "dissuading the claim by means of terror" (the Terror State seeks to prolong the terror by making the body disappear, thus prolonging the anguish for the survivors).
* With the physical elimination of an entire political party, the Patriotic Union (UP), more than 5,000 people from UP were killed by the state.

* More than 2,778 trade unionists were murdered, 60% of trade unionists murdered worldwide are killed in Colombia by the tools of state terrorism.

The situation of social injustice is overwhelming in Colombia, and every day the gap between rich and poor widens. State repression is naturally intended to silence the discontent with this dramatic situation:

At least 68% of the population of Colombia lives in poverty and destitution. The concentration of wealth is scandalous and outrageous: Colombia is the 11th most unequal country in the world (#11 GINI coefficient of inequality, at february 2011, and the third most unequal country in the world in december 2011), and is the most unequal country in the American continent. According to the most lenient numbers, there are 8 million homeless and 20 million poor. Annually more than 20,000 children under 5 years die of acute malnutrition (UNICEF figures), out of 100 displaced pregnant mothers, 80 suffer from chronic malnutrition. Simultaneously and correlatively to this misery, only one banker, Sarmiento Angulo, controls 42% of the national credit and he has reported profits of 1.250 million dollars in only the last two months of 2009.

* State Terrorism is displacement of people in favor of big business: more than 4.9 million people have been displaced from their land by massacres at the hands of military and paramilitary forces within the State strategy of "scorched earth" to clear the fields of population and thus offer the land to multinationals at high economic interest (5,2 million people have been displaced, november 2011).
* 10 million hectares of land have been stolen this way and the victims displaced, their land offered to multinationals, for large estates, and new paramilitary bosses, the scandal of "agriculture deposited insurance income" consolidates this theft to the victims.
* State Terrorism is: The largest mass grave in Latin America, to be found behind the military battalion of the army in the Macarena, a gruesome discovery, which has not yet raised the international condemnation it deserves that the Colombian regime deserves: more than 2,000 bodies of missing persons by the Omega force of "Plan Colombia."
* State Terrorism is: Using a tool for injecting paramilitary terror in the population, in order to silence them, keep them docile and displacing them, a tool of horror that practices massive violations, dismemberment with a chainsaw, impalement and chilling other horrors. A report of the Office of Justice and Peace in February 2010 indicated that 30,470 paramilitaries claim to have committed murders in approximately 15 years ... In the most recent report, of January 2011, the Attorney General revealed that it has documented 173,183 homicides, 597 massacres and 34,467 disappearances committed by paramilitaries, crimes committed between 2005 and December 2010 ... and the drama is even a more Dantesque gruesome sight ...
Several paramilitary groups have testified about the strategic nature of the paramilitary structure for the Colombian state, and given dozens of names of generals, businessmen, corporations, politicians and promoters of paramilitary ... and there is still no fully deserved and urgent international condemnation of the Colombian State, which, unpunished, continues with such genocidal practices.
* Thousands of mass graves containing thousands of bodies massacred by Colombian paramilitaries of the Colombian State: The paramilitaries have given some coordinates of the pits in order to be able to receive the "Law of Justice and Peace," a law drawn up under the direction of one of the biggest promoters of paramilitarism: Uribe. A law that grants them impunity if they show "repentance."
By April 2007, when the first year was marked searching for mass graves, the Office had received 3,710 reports of places to find them, but most had not been explored, according to the State, for "lack of resources" ... The families of the thousands of victims expect DNA tests to be carried out on the corpses and remains found, but the government justifies its inaction saying "overflow" and "lack of resources" ... resources they managed to have to pay the military and paramilitary.
The impunity laws for paramilitaries and their financiers are deepened under the Santos government: "(...) The information that arises in the framework of the agreements will not, in any case be used as evidence in legal proceedings against the subject who signs the Agreement of Contribution to the Historical Truth and to Restoration or against a third person." Act 1424, approved in record time, 15 December 2010.
* State Terrorism is crematoria and breeding grounds for caymans and paramilitary tools of the State and multinationals ... where the paramilitaries have eliminated thousands of people ...
* Thousands of murders, including the scandal of the "false positives": the military kidnap young boys, masquerade them as guerrillas and murder them, and falsely pass off the corpses as guerrillas killed in combat." The mass media are responsible for spreading the staging, since in Colombia, the mass media are indeed what they say: military sources. This will allow the military to "show results" in its anti-insurgent war, and allow them to murder civilians who are troubling to them.
Media coverage of the dead who are suspected guerrillas in Colombia is quite grim: they show bodies lined up, half-naked ... in this way it shapes public opinion in the dehumanization of the guerrillas. Policy 029 of the Ministry of Defence encourages false positives, and there are more than 2,472 documented cases of such killings of civilians, which demonstrates that this is a state policy.
* More than 7,500 political prisoners, many of them victims of judicial assemblies, a common practice against social activists.
* Hundreds of car bombings, another type of "false positive" on the part of the police and military forces have put bombs in plenary meetings in Bogotá full well to create a base for mounting a media campaign to discredit the guerrillas. These self-attacks were recommended and praised by the DAS, the Department of Administrative Security, as stated in documents.
* The human rights violations are deepened as it is viewed as an occupied country: in Colombia there is a large U.S. military presence, Israeli mercenaries and 7 U.S. military bases have been implanted, plus the Colombian State has granted the U.S. Marines total immunity for all crimes committed in Colombia. There are already several cases of girls being raped by Marines, who enjoy total impunity, as the Marines have "carte blanche" to rape, torture and murder in Colombia.
The violence of the onslaught of big capital, in their eagerness not to lose Colombia as a valuable "warehouse of resources," has established and maintained that monster that is today the Colombian State.
Years ago that criminal state would not exist without the extraordinary, enormous "help" of the U.S.A. and EU, without going into debt to the Colombian people to cover military costs, and without their paramilitary Strategy of State Terrorism. Without military and media support, the Colombian government could not perpetrate such barbarity, and the Colombian people could have achieved true independence and emancipation from so much greed, death and pain.

Translated from the Spanish version by:
Lisa Karpova

jueves, 8 de septiembre de 2011

A Robles aforementioned

Azalea Robles explains: “Class struggle in Colombia is at its most absolute paroxysm. To preserve the privileges of the oligarchy and above all the plunder of resources perpetrated by multinationals, the Colombian state has implanted total war against the population.”


According to analyst Azalea Robles, "The disappeared are made invisible by a state desirous of perpetuating its genocidal mechanism of accumulating capital in a few hands, under the cloak of impunity." The "practice of genocide allows for the plunder of resources," she says. The victims were protesting "the ongoing aberration under which Colombia is one of the richest countries in the world, while its people are hungry." http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=129256