Colombia: National Police attack Nasa indigenous land occupation

More than 500 troops of the Colombian National Police attacked a group of Nasa Indians who were occupying a plantation in the southwestern department of Cauca Nov. 10, leaving one dead and more than 40 injured. Belisario Camallo Guetoto, 16, was killed when police opened fire on the occupation at Finca Japio de Caloto. Yerson Mensa, 21, remains in critical condition after taking a bullet in his back.

The Association of Indigenous Cabildos of North Cauca (ACIN) states that contrary to press reports, police did not succeed in evicting the occupation, but have thrown up roadblocks effectively barring food and medical services from the finca. (ONIC communique, Nov. 11 via Red de Defensores no Institucionalizados)

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