Another signatory of the peace agreement is assassinated in Cauca, Colombia | News
The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) of Colombia denounced the murder of another signatory to the peace agreement in the department of Cauca.
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The victim was identified as José Edgar Méndez, who was the leader of the protection scheme of the Collective of the Multiactiva cooperative of Ecomun de Caloto Cauca (Coomecc).
According to Indepaz, Méndez was killed in areas of the Muchilanga sector, specifically in the rural zone of Guachené, by armed men who arrived at the site and also injured two other people.
Jose Edgar Mendez Molina
José Edgar Méndez was part of the ETCR Dagoberto Ortiz de Monterredondo in Miranda, Cauca. Currently, he was the leader of the protection scheme of the Ecomun de Caloto Cauca Multiactive Cooperative Collective -COOMECC-. pic.twitter.com/T11zsyeJsX
— INDEPAZ (@Indepaz)
May 5, 2023
Indepaz points out that Méndez had previously worked as part of the ETCR Dagoberto Ortiz de Monterredondo in Miranda, Cauca.
Upon learning of the news, the Los Cimarrones de Guachené Community Association (Asociocig) issued a statement in which it regretted what happened and expressed its solidarity with the relatives of Méndez.
"We deeply regret this loss, because this young man was an active member of our resistance exercise for the survival of the black community in the territories that we have inhabited ancestrally," the entity stressed.
With the death of Méndez, there are 359 signatories to the peace agreement who have been assassinated since it was signed, 11 of them so far in 2023, according to Indepaz records.
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