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Bacchus39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 08:23 AM
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worst fear comes to pass; 10 more Awa indians massacred
close to where 17 were murdered previously. The new discovery has not yet been "confirmed" as as a FARC atrocity but the 10 were apparently fleeing the site of the other massacre. FARC is suspected.

utter scum, don't you all agree??


http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/justicia/diez-indigena...

Diez indgenas aw fueron asesinados por las Farc cuando huan de masacre de 17 de sus compaeros
La nueva denuncia fue hecha este jueves autoridades aborgenes y civiles. Entretanto, se espera la llegada de una comisin humanitaria para verificar el primer caso.


Minas impiden a acceso a zona en la que se produjo masacre de indgenas Aw
Alertan por nuevo incremento de las masacres en Colombia
"Recibimos informacin de autoridades de la regin que en el da de ayer diez personas que venan desplazadas, huyendo de la masacre anterior, fueron asesinadas a la altura de la comunidad de Guangarial", dijo Luis Evelis Andrade, lder de la Organizacin Nacional Indgena de Colombia (ONIC).

El gobernador de Nario, Antonio Navarro, seal por su parte que miembros de la etnia Aw le comunicaron "que en la madrugada del mircoles haban matado a diez personas" en el municipio de Ricaurte y le precisaron "el sitio exacto de la matanza y el nombre del dueo de la casa donde se produjo".

"Nos dicen que fueron las Farc las que igualmente cometieron estos crmenes", indic Andrade, mientras que Navarro afirm no tener reporte sobre los responsables del hecho, cuyas circunstancias se desconocen.

"No s si fueron las Farc, la persona que me dio la informacin no me lo dijo, pero fue en el rea general donde se cometi la primera masacre", el 4 de febrero en la localidad de Barbacoas, declar el funcionario a radio Caracol.

"De la primera (matanza) estoy totalmente seguro que fueron las Farc, en este segundo caso no puedo todava confirmar el autor material", subray Navarro.

La ONIC, que rene al milln de aborgenes colombianos, y las autoridades civiles de Nario denunciaron que un escuadrn guerrillero tortur y asesin el 4 de febrero a por lo menos 17 indgenas Aw, acusndolos de cooperar con el Ejrcito o de no revelar a los rebeldes la ubicacin de uniformados en la zona.

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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 06:12 PM
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1. An intriguing story about U.S. and FARC

U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield couple days ago said the Obama administration "was prepared" to listen to proposals by the FARC regarding two members of the guerrilla group who are in U.S. prisons, if it will help an exchange of FARC-held hostages and guerrillas held by the government.

I cannot recall when such an opening was made, especially by the Bushistas. Is this a subtle shift in policy? Wonder how the Uribistas reacted to Brownfield's statement.

The two FARC members are a top leader, Ricardo Palmera (aka Simon Trinidad) and Nayibe Rojas (aka Sonia). They were captured by the Colombian military and Uribe extradited them to the U.S. on trumpted-up narco charges.

http://www.eluniverso.com/2009/02/11/1/1361/66CFBA0CA50...
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Bacchus39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 07:09 PM
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2. trumped up charges? OK, but they could have stayed in a Colombian prison
but yes, I am hoping that the Obama administration will play a positive role in seeking a solution to the Colombian conflict. Now, they are going to have to coordinate through the Colombian government of course.

yeah, there was no way anything was going to happen with Bush.

you know, you would think a mediation role would be something some of the leaders of other South American countries would offer given that they are asserting their "independence from the US" as many like to trumpet here. It would be rather ironic if the US under Obama could achieve that. but I think it would be great.

Aside from violence of the drug trade (I am not talking about drug war policy) I don't think there is a bigger issue to tackle in Latin America or an issue where the US could play a more positive role.

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