Colombia: another indigenous leader assassinated

Unknown assailants on a motorcycle assassinated Colombian indigenous leader Rodolfo Maya Aricape as he left a community meeting in the hamlet of López Adentro, Caloto village, the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) announced Oct. 15. The statement said Maya Aricape had received death threats last month from armed groups operating in the region. It said the slaying was “not an isolated incident but is part of a strategy of intimidation” by armed groups to involve indigenous communities in the war and seize their lands. (Notimex, ACIN, Oct. 15)

Both right-wing paramilitaries and the FARC guerillas are active in the region.

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