Indigenous minga arrives in Bogotá for new days of protests | News

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The humanitarian caravan for the defense of life, known as the indigenous Minga, after advancing through different cities in Colombia, arrives this Wednesday in Bogotá, the capital, in a new day of protests.

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Within the framework of its protests, the movement will reject and denounce the systematic violence that is being experienced in the country, with the vulnerability of human rights, the effects on the moors, the disappearance of young people during the social outbreak and the forced recruitment of young people and minors in indigenous territories.

The caravan had left last Sunday, April 24, from the city of Popayán and also seeks to obtain the declaration of a humanitarian emergency for the Embera community that has served seven months in the Enrique Olaya Herrera National Park in the Colombian capital.

The column is made up of a thousand indigenous people accompanied by representatives of Afro-Colombian communities and students from public universities in southwestern Colombia, who will be present at the Pedagogical University and later will travel to the town of Teusaquillo to accompany the more than one hundred families who remain in that space of the city.

According to the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) it is a “legitimate action, walking the word, to declare ourselves in a humanitarian emergency due to the entire situation of violence that has been bathing our indigenous, Afro, and peasant territories with blood…” .

“… and now the territories of the city with the military and political persecution of the young people who have participated in these great demonstrations in recent times,” he concluded.

According to the CRIC, the second part of the agenda of the indigenous minga in the capital will consist of proposing to the citizens a comprehensive peace proposal to be implemented from the next government, which will begin work from next August.

Another of the demands of the indigenous Minga is related to the prohibition of the so-called “fracking”, a mobilization in which the 139 indigenous authorities of the 11 towns that are part of the CRIC participated:

“Indigenous peoples join this call for life, in defense of the environmental, social and cultural rights of the communities, that is why they will walk through the main streets of Popayán, aware that unity among different people is necessary to save the planet. ”.

The communities assured that the use of “fracking” directly affects the social, cultural, economic and territorial integrity of an entire country, therefore, they seek through this march to call social organizations, environmentalists, defenders of human rights to unity, but above all, “to the national government to repeal this law, which, as has been seen in other countries, generates severe environmental damage and a direct impact on mother earth.”

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