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Deaththreats against activists in BarranquillaSOCIAL LEADERS, STUDENTS, TRADE UNIONISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED IN BARRANQUILLA
On 14 December 2006, in the city of Barranquilla, a communiqué was left at the residence of Euripides Yance, a Coca-Cola worker and member of the National Committee of SINALTRAINAL. The communiqué is entitled BLACK EAGLES [AGUILAS NEGRAS] and threatens various student, social and trade union leaders, giving them a week to leave the city. Amongst them are members and leaders of SINALTRAINAL and workers at Coca-Cola EURIPIDES YANCE, LIMBERTO CARRANZA, and CAMPO QUINTERO.
This death threat occurred just days after Colombia’s Vice-President Francisco Santos made a public declaration referring to what he called campaigns to discredit Coca Cola, Nestlé and other private corporations and contended that they are pushed by “sectors of the extreme left, radicals infiltrated into trade union sectors that are generating absolutely absurd campaigns against the corporations”.
These threats have occurred at the time that we are negotiating our demands with the Coca-Cola bottling plans in the Santanders [the region in which Barranquilla is situated].
We demand national government protection for the life of trade unionists, social leaders, students, defenders of human rights; an investigation into the facts to [bring to justice] the intellectual and material authors.
Against Impunity SINALTRAINAL Demands Justice.
LUIS JAVIER CORREA SUAREZ
INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY: Recommended actions
1) SEND YOUR E-MAILS TO:
Presidente de la República de Colombia:
Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Vicepresidente de la Republica de Colombia
Fax: 00 57 1 337 1351
Programa Derechos Humanos Presidencia de la Republica
Colombia Solidarity Campaign adds:
Euripides Yance toured the UK in November and December 2005, striking all who met him with his warm heartedness, humility and calm determination.
In the UK, also send your e-mail to Colombian Embassy:
firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com
If you are in the USA, these are the Colombian Ambassador's contact points in Washington, DC:
Sr. Luis Alberto Moreno
Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia
2118 Leroy Place NW
Teléfono: +1 (202) 387 8338
Fax: +1 (202) 232 8643
Write, phone, FAX or e-mail today! [from Progressive Library International Coalition]
2) INTERNATIONAL ACTION ALERT!
Take emergency actions wherever you are, making sure that the press is informed:
STOP Coca-Cola’s Dirty War this Christmas – Three Trade Unionists targeted for elimination
SINALTRAINAL marked out by Vice-President ‘Pinocchio’ Santos, executions to be carried out by ‘Black Eagle’ paramilitary death squads. Who benefits?
Vice-President SANTOS WE HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE!
WITHDRAW YOUR STIGMAS AGAINST SINALTRAINAL!
STOP THE KILLING! CALL OFF THE DEATH SQUADS!
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