Two More Teacher Trade Unionists Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 June 2011

Another two teacher trade unionists were murdered in recent days, bringing the number of trade unionists killed so far in 2011 to 11, with teachers the majority of those assassinated.

In a statement, the CUT trade union confederation condemned the murders and called for justice to be done.

On the morning of May 26th, Carlos Julio Gomez, a teacher in the city of Cali and member of the SUTEV teachers union was shot and seriously injured. He was taken to hospital where he died three days later on May 29th. This murder comes days after the killing of another trade unionist in the same city, and follows the murder of a trade union lawyer again from the same region earlier in May.

On Friday 27th May, teacher trade unionist Freddy Antonio Cuadrado Nunez, was shot in the head as he celebrated his 46th birthday in Cienaga, Magdalena region.

These latest killings show that despite Colombian government claims to the contrary, the assassination of trade unionists continues at an alarming rate.

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