ELN Leader and Social Movement Leaders Killed in Colombia

Published May 22, 2020

ELN Leader and Social Movement Leaders Killed in Colombia

On Thursday May 14, the Colombian Air Force bombed an ELN camp in the rural area of ​​the municipality of Montecristo (department of Bolívar).

During this operation, coordinated with the army, the commander, known as “Mocho Tierra”, was killed. He was an important commander and he managed the finances of the guerrillas. Several other combatants were killed during the operation.

Colombia’s Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz) announced on May 17th, the murder of three social leaders inside the country.

According to reports, one of the victims was a 70-year-old environmental activist, Jorge Oramas Vazquez. Oramas, who was killed on Saturday night, on his farm at La Candelaria village, in La Buitrera, a rural zone of the department of Valle del Cauca. Oramas was shot to death.

Oramas’ relatives and friends point out his opposition to illegal gold mining in the national park “Los Farallones.”

Also, social leader Freddy Angarita Martínez was killed on Saturday, May 16th, in La Isla neighborhood, in Cucuta.

The Indigenous Guard of the Embera people, Javier García Guaguarabe, was murdered on May 15. The 20-year-old native leader was a member of the Bani Chami indigenous community in the municipality of Argelia, Valle del Cauca.

25 murders occurred after the Colombian government implemented quarantine and social isolation due to the virus outbreak.