GS of Cane Cutter's Union Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 30 April 2012

SINALCORTEROS, the sugar cane workers’ union has reported the assassination of its General Secretary, Daniel Aguirre Piedrahita. He was killed at about 9pm on Friday April 27in the town of Florida, in Valle. He was near his home making a phone call when he was killed.

Mr Aguirre had been a trade unionist since before 2005, active in the struggle against sub-contracting which is rife in Colombia. He was also an active organiser and mobiliser of workers, and a vocal activist against the signing of free trade agreements with Colombia.

His killing takes the number of trade unionists killed so far this year to seven, with 61 trade unionists assassinated since President Santos came to power in August 2010. Mr Aguirre leaves behind a widow, and three young daughters, aged 14, 11 and 4 years.

SINALCORTEROS noted in its statement that the killing comes at a time of increased threats and violence against trade unionists and people organised in the recent Patriotic March, and has called on the government to fully investigate this crime and punish the perpetrators.

Impunity for crimes against trade unionists stands at over 95%.

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