‘In Many Ways, the Conflict Never Ended.’ Ongoing Violence Threatens Colombia’s Peace

Demonstrators hold a banner with the names of murdered activists during a protest march in Bogota, Colombia, July 26, 2019 (AP photo by Ivan Valencia).
Demonstrators hold a banner with the names of murdered activists during a protest march in Bogota, Colombia, July 26, 2019 (AP photo by Ivan Valencia).

The first victim in March was Julio Gutierrez Aviles, the president of a local community action group in Campoalegre, a small town in the rural, mountainous department of Huila in western Colombia. Gutierrez had taken part in recent protests to support Huila’s farmers, trying to make a difference in a region that has long been seen as strategic by various armed groups in Colombia. According to local news, he was on his way home when he was attacked by a group of men, who shot him without saying a word and then left his body on the road. In the […]

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