Five Indigenous Killed: Community Accuses Army of Allowing Paramilitaries Free Reign

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 11 July 2011

The Indigenous Organisation of Antioquia (OIA) has reported that between the 24th and 26th of June five Embera Zenu indigenous people were killed. On the 21st Lexter Enrique Graciano Perez, 26, disappeared. His body was found on June 26th in the river Nechi. On the 24th June nineteen year-old Luis Hernando Torres was killed. On the 25th June Jorge Mejia Estrada, a former Zenu governor, was killed alongside his two sons, Steven Alberto (17) and Juan Camilo (16).

The OIA reports that the ‘Rastrojos’, ‘Urabenos’, ‘Los Paisas’, ‘Black Eagles’ and ‘La Banda de Sebastian’ paramilitaries operate freely throughout the region despite a heavy police and army presence. The indigenous people fear more killings, and the OIA reports that many are planning to flee to other areas in fear of their lives.

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