Indigenous Man Killed

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 March 2008

The North Cauca Association of Indigenous Authorities (ACIN) has reported that 24-year-old Jonh Fredy Chate, a member of the 'Cerro Tijeras' indigenous community, was killed when shots were fired at him by unknown assailants as traveled to the village of Bellavista on March 2nd. A teenager, Yulenin Almendra, from the same community was injured in the attack and remains in intensive care.

The ACIN has alleged that this is just the latest in a series of attacks on indigenous people in the area in recent months. Their statement reports that on average a member of the 'Cerro Tijeras' commuity is being murdered every two weeks since December 31st when two members of the Ordoņez family were assassinated in the locality.

Although not placing blame for the attacks the statement explains that the area has a heavy army and police presence, including on roads and pathways that the attackers in the most recent assassination would have had to use to escape the scene of the crime. Nobody has been arrested for any of the killings.

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