Miners Union Leader Tortured and Murdered

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 March 2008

A regional leader of the Colombian union representing coal miners, SINTRACARBON, has been found dead after assassins broke into his home in the city of Riohacha on March 22nd and tortured him to death. In a communiqué SINTRACARBON have blamed the Colombian Government for the killing.

Adolfo Gonzalez Montes, the leader of the union in Barrancas region in the department of La Guajira, had received various death threats by telephone in the run up to his murder. Union colleagues had also received the threats and unknown people had been seen watching their homes.

"Coincidentally" says the SINTRACARBON communiqué, "the threats and attacks against members of our organisation intensify in the run up to negotiation periods. This time the threats became reality." The union went on to say that they believe that the increase in threats and killings were directly related to the union movement's participation in the national day of protest on March 6th to commemorate the victims of the Colombian conflict.

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