March 3, 2008

Contacts: Colombian Coordination of Alternative Media (CCMA) (English-Spanish)

March 6th, 2008:
National and International Mobilization to Tribute
the Victims of Colombian State Terrorism and its Paramilitary Apparatus

New York, NY joins world wide mobilizations and vigils to demand:
No more crimes by the State. No more State Terrorism. No more Mass Graves. No more Forced Displacement. No more Paramilitaries. No more Para-politicians. No more US military aid to Colombia.

WHAT: March 6th, 2008 is a National and International tribute to the Victims of Colombian State Terror and its Paramilitary Apparatus. Mobilizations in the United States will take place in Boston, Chicago, Madison, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
In Colombia nearly 4 million persons have been internally displaced, mostly by illegal paramilitaries death squads. These groups, often collaborating with Colombia's military, have "disappeared" more than 15,000 persons and buried them in mass graves or thrown their bodies into rivers. They have murdered more than 1,700 indigenous peoples, 2,500 union members and nearly 5,000 members of the Union Patriotica movement, besides forcing tens of thousands of Afro-Colombians and peasants from their lands. Routinely victims are tortured before being killed. Between 1982 and 2005 paramilitaries carried out more than 3,500 massacres and stole more than 12 million acres of land. Since 2002, after their supposed "demobilization", Colombians are still dying. Paramilitaries have murdered more than 600 persons per year, and gained control of 35% of Congressional posts. Members of the Colombian army, which receives millions of dollars from the US Government, have since 2002 committed more than 950 execution-style murderers, often camouflaging their victims as guerrillas. Many paramilitary groups have not disbanded, calling themselves "Black Eagles."

WHEN: Thursday, March 6th, 2008 4pm

WHERE: NEW YORK CITY (For national and international events click here)
Front of the Colombian Mission to the United Nations
140 E 57th St (Lexington Ave).