Colombian State fails victims of the armed conflict as farmer evictions continue

Original article published on my personal blog

The taste of social injustice, especially when committed by the State, is bitter. The feeling of impotence is overpowering.

On Wednesday 13 December, local government and police forces engineered a coup in the rural communities of El Guayabo and Bella Unión, in the Colombian department of Santander. About one hundred policemen, half of them from the riot control unit, successfully evicted 9 peasant families from their land (affecting at least 40 people). These farmers now face a humanitarian crisis due to loss of their livelihoods.

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