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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:46 PM

Colombian journalist dies in police custody .

Colombian journalist dies in police custody .
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:40 Zach Edling

The family of a Colombian journalist who died as a result of injuries incurred while in police custody will sue the department.

Guillermo Quiroz, a 31-year-old journalist, was on his way to the municipality of San Pedro in the Sucre department on November 20 to cover a dispute between locals and the Canadian mining company, Pacific Rubiales, when he was apprehended by police. According to police, the journalist assaulted an officer after he had been stopped on his motorcycle and asked to show proper documents.

"He (Quiroz)...assaulted an officer...causing heavy blows to the arm," local media reported Colonel Salvador Gutierrez as saying.

The police claim Quiroz was then put in a truck that he later fell from suffering the injuries that would ultimately lead to his death on Tuesday.

Quiroz's family, however, claimed he was beaten by police. During the seven days the journalist was battling for his life in a hospital in Sincelejo, he allegedly told his brother that police assaulted him and thew him from the truck.

More:
http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/27245-colombian-journalist-dies-while-in-police-custody.html

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:08 PM

1. Colombian journalist dies after arrest by police

Colombian journalist dies after arrest by police
Posted by
Roy Greenslade
Friday 30 November 2012 06.40 EST guardian.co.uk

A Colombian journalist, Guillermo Quiroz Delgado, died in a hospital after suffering head injuries while in police custody.

Police claim that he sustained the injuries after falling from a police vehicle. But his family and colleagues believe he was beaten and thrown from the truck.

According to media reports in the northern Colombian city of Sincelejo, Delgado travelled some 50 kms to the town of San Pedro to cover protests against an energy company, Pacific Rubiales, which has been accused of exploiting the area's residents.

Delgado, who was on assignment for the news outlet Notisabanas, was detained while photographing the protest. Police officials were quoted as saying that Delgado had attempted to assault an officer

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/nov/30/journalist-safety-colombia

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:31 PM

2. I'm surprised he didn't commit suicide

with 2 shots to the back of his head.

I'm sorry for Guillermo and his family. The chill for telling events is apparent. One can only imagine this was at the behest of Pacific Rubiales.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:06 PM

3. 'Pacific Rubiales denies Colombia workers right to organize': NGO (recent same site info.)

'Pacific Rubiales denies Colombia workers right to organize': NGO .
Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:40 Adriaan Alsema



Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales is threatening to fire Colombian workers who join labor unions, a local NGO said Wednesday.

In an interview with radio station W, a spokesman of the NGO Proyecto Gramalote said the Canadians have responded aggressively to complaints by locals over environmental damage and workers who try to organize themselves.

"Instead of receiving solutions, they received threats of massive lay-offs," said spokesman Felipe Harman of Proyecto Gramalote.

According to Harman, some 300 Colombian workers are involved in a dispute with the Canadians over delayed wages, uncooked meals, and a lack of potable water and sanitary equipment.


Pacific Rubiales told the radio station that it would not officially respond as the dispute is between no more than 20 workers and a subcontractor called SAE Exploration.

The Canadian oil company and local authorities have frequently clashed with workers and locals in the municipality of Puerto Gaitan, one of the locations where Pacific Rubiales extracts oil.

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/economy/27216-pacific-rubiales-denies-colombia-workers-right-to-organize-ngo.html
(No more at link. Short article.)

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Interesting gallery of directors, officers at the company website: previous employments with Enron, Exxon, the old PDVSA in Venezuela, some US-educated, etc. Big surprise, isn't it?

http://www.pacificrubiales.com/corporate/board-of-directors.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:46 AM

4. How do the directors and officers of these companies

live with themselves? Are they sociopaths?

I'm watching a tv series called Hunted about the things that the people at the top demand and the people under them "execute the orders" with their elite killers and then there are the lower level bosses who have their gang of thugs and street killers. But the question is, do those people on the top ever feel any remorse or guilt?

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:52 PM

5. I'm convinced they couldn't care less, not in a million years. They are perverts.

As you point out, there are so many layers of people between them and those who do the torture, and terrorizing and soulless murder of people who just happened to be born without powerful social allies.

They think they are hidden from public exposure and the consequences of their sins against humanity. They appear to believe they have outwitted universal law.

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