Students and police face off in Bogota protest

Colombian authorities and students faced off Thursday, with stun guns, tear gas, stones, and potato bombs at a university protest in Bogota, reported Caracol Radio.

The protest, involving at least 100 students of the Universidad Distrital, blocked Avenida Circunvalar, close to Calle 28, a roadway in the north of the capital city. Students were protesting reform measures being passed on Colombia’s higher education systems.

Police officers realized Thursday that protesters had stolen nine .38 caliber revolvers from private security staff working for the university during the riot.

At the protest site, students have been fighting with stones and potato bombs. In response, anti-riot police have been trying to control the protesters using stun guns, tear gas, and water canons.

At the height of the madness, an anti-riot police officer was wounded in the arm by an explosive device thrown at members of the police force.

As Hugo Chavez builds relations with Colombian President Santos, FARC is expendable

Comandante Julián Conrado of FARC, captured in Venezuela

Colombia expects Venezuela to deliver FARC member

8/2/11–Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera asked the Venezuelan government to “exhaust all internal protocols” to make effective the delivery of Julián Cornado, a.k.a. Guillermo Torres

Colombia expects Venezuela to exhaust “all internal protocols” and deliver Julián Cornado, a.k.a. Guillermo Torres, an alleged member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera reported in Bogotá.

Rivera added that Torres was captured in Venezuela in a joint effort.

The rebel chief, also known as “the FARC singer” after his love for music, was captured last May 31 in western Barinas state, under an application filed by Colombia at the Interpol.

Rivera told reporters that Torres “was captured in Venezuelan territory by Venezuelan authorities, as a result of the cooperation with Colombia in the field of intelligence.” Continue reading

The Coca-Cola Case | A documentary film about the suppresion of labour rights in Latin America

“The Coca Cola Case” — a trailer

A documentary film by German Guttierez and Carmen Garcia.  Coca-Cola may be one of the most visible brands in the world, but there’s one part of their operations they don’t want you to see. See for more information.

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Political Killings in Colombia

By Stephen Lendman

23 August, 2010,

Colombia, America’s closest South American ally, is a corrupted narco-state, a repressive death squad faux democracy, threatening regional neighbors, and reigning terror against trade unionists, human rights workers, campesinos, pro-democracy organizations, independent journalists, and legitimate resistance groups like the FARC-EP. Established in 1964, James Petras calls it the “longest standing, largest peasant-based guerrilla movement in the world,” persisting valiantly for decades.

Thanks to Plan Colombia and other support, the state is heavily militarized, more than ever now serving as Washington’s land-based aircraft carrier against regional targets, including neighboring Venezuela.

The Pentagon got expanded access, former President Alvaro Uribe agreeing to US forces on seven more military bases (three airfields, two naval installations, and two army facilities), as well as unrestricted use of the entire country as-needed for internal and external belligerency, including out-of-control violence and human rights abuses, the region’s most extreme to keep two-thirds of Colombians impoverished, millions displaced, corruption endemic, wealth concentration growing, and corporate predators freed to exploit and plunder. Continue reading

Colombian Army Attacks Striking BP Workers

June 2, 2010: The Colombia Solidarity Campaign (London, UK) organised a picket outside the BP HQ in support of Colombian oil workers who have occupied a BP plant.

Claire Hall, Espacio Bristol-Colombia

A five month long mobilisation against BP in the Casanare region of Colombia has escalated after the Colombian army entered the BP installations with force this week and confronted workers who have been peacefully occupying BP installations since May 23 to protest BP´s failure to conclude negotiations with the workers and community.

At midday on Wednesday a heavily armed commando group of the National Colombian Army leapt over the security fence of the Tauramena Central Processing Facility and subjected the group of workers to physical and verbal aggression. Oscar Garcia, of the National Oil Workers Union said “this war-like handling of a group of workers is an excessive use of force and treats a labour conflict as though it were an issue of public order. This shows how BP is bent on war against workers who are only demanding that their fundamental rights be respected.”[i]

The calm response by the striking workers brought the situation temporarily under control but the army remains present and tensions are high. Colombia continues to have the highest level of trade union murders in the world with 17 trade unionists murdered so far this year. Continue reading