February 24 Update from Colombia Support Network Print
From the Colombia Support Network, a US-based grassroots organization that works through sister communities in Colombia, on February 24, 2005:

"We at the Colombia Support Network received with great sorrow and indignation the news of the murder of one of the leaders of the San Jos? de Apartadó Peace Community, Luis Eduardo Guerra, who died with seven other peace-loving civilians, including three children, at the hands of the 11th Brigade of the Colombian Army. Just three years ago Luis Eduardo visited us in Wisconsin, sharing his experiences for us in San Jos??s sister community of Dane County (Madison).

Later Luis Eduardo spoke at the annual rally at the gates of Fort Benning against the training, of Colombian military offices given at the School of Americas (now WHINSEC).

We were especially struck by his determination and commitment to peace even while describing the serious threats made against the Peace Community and its leaders like him. We send out sympathies to the Peace Community and resolve to redouble our support for the ideals which Luis Eduardo expressed so well in word and deed and for the San Jos? Peace Community that made those ideals a reality for many families.

We call upon the Colombian government to punish those responsible for this horrendous massacres and we call upon the U.S. Government to withdraw all support for the renegade Colombian Army which in the name of ?democratic security? murders so many peace-loving civilians, while actively collaborating with illegal cutthroat paramilitaries which are the principal drug-traffickers supplying cocaine to this country. Further U.S. support for these criminals would be intolerable.

Please join us in writing to Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez and other Colombian officials, your Senators and Representatives in Congress and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to protest the action of the Colombian Army and U.S. support for their criminal activities."

Contact:
  • Your Members of Congress

  • Colombia Desk, State Department
    202-647-3360
    200 Constitution Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20210
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  • Presidente de la Republica
    Dr. ?lvaro Uribe V?lez
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    Palacio de Nari?o
    Carrera 8 N? 7-26
    Telephone +57-1-562-9300
    Fax +57-1-566-2071

  • Vicepresidencia de la Republica
    Dr. Francisco Santos
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  • Dr. Carlos Franco
    Director del Programa Presidencial de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario
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  • Doctor Jorge Alberto Uribe
    Minister of Defense
    Avenida El Dorado con Cra. 52 CAN, Santa fe de Bogot?.
    Fax +57-1-222-1874
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  • Dra. Elba Beatriz Silva
    Directora Unidad de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario
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    Diagonal 22 b No. 52-01
    Telephone and Fax +57-1-570-2022