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Fascism alive and well in Colombia

Sean Smyth • Feb. 2003


After a brief lull in the attacks, Trade Unionists in Colombia are once again in the front line of attacks from both Rightwing Paramilitary death squads and the fascist like government under the Dictatorship of Uribe.

On Friday 21st February the National trade union of University workers “SINTRAUNICOL” received information from reliable sources that the Self Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) planned to assassinate the following comrades: JOSE ADONIA MUNER ORTEGA, National president Sintraunicol, Dr. ALEXANDER LOPEZ MAYA, CARLOS ARBEY GONZALEZ QUINTERO, Sintraunicol Cali, JESUS ANTONIO GONZALEZ LUNA and LUIS CARLOS MOREIRA ROLDAN.

Shortly after a meeting was held with the Rector of the University of Valle, to discuss the threats SINTRAEMCALI activist FREDY PERILLA MONTOYA was assassinated.

At 7:30 p.m. FREDY PERILLA MONTOYA was stopped by unknown individuals who were travelling in a White Truck with polarised windows, with number plates BNJ 469. The individuals tried to force him to enter the truck, but he refused, and when they realised that they would be unable to carry out their mission to take him away they then turned and shot him six times.

The events occurred just 50 metres from the Central Telephone office in San Fernando, Cali, where he had worked for five years. As usual no one has been arrested.

The Association for Social Research and Action, NOMADESC, the Cali Municipal Corporation Workers Union, SINTRAEMCALI, and other organisations that belong to the "The National and International Human Rights Campaign Against Privatisation, Corruption, and the Criminalisation of Social Protest", strongly denounce the vile assassination of the SINTRAEMCALI activist FREDY PERILLA MONTOYA, carried out on 21st February, 2003. And the death threats issued against the above.

1/ Demand that the Colombian government stops its harassment, threats, persecution and other crimes against activists and leaders SINTRAEMCALI.
2/ Call for an impartial investigation into the above mentioned events and sanction the material and intellectual authors of this horrific crime.
3/ Demand that sufficient security is provided immediately and all necessary measures to safeguard the physical and psychological integrity of those named above and there families.
4/ Demand that the state organs of control, that have been investigating earlier systematic persecution and assassination attempts especially on the life of Alexander López Maya immediately present the findings of their investigation, and explain why they have freed people who were involved in these events.
5/ Demand that the Colombian government abandons Resolution 141 which aims to put EMCALI EICE into liquidation and that they comply with the earlier agreement signed on the 29th of January, 2002. Please send messages to:

Please send messages to:

Presidente de la Republica de Colombia, Dr. Alvaro Uribe Vélez, Palacio de Mariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26 Santafe de Bogota, COLOMBIA Fax: 00 57 1 286 74 34/286, 68 42/284 21 86 E-mail:;

Vicepresidente de la Republica de Colombia Francisco Santos Conserjería Presidencial de Derechos Humanos
Calle 7, No 654, Piso 3 Santafe de Bogota, COLOMBIA Fax: 00 57 1 337 1351 E-mail:;;

Ministro del Interior y Justicia, Fernando Londoño Hoyos Ministerio del Interior y Justicia Palacio Echeverri, Carrera 8a, No.8-09, piso 2o., Santafe de Bogota, Colombia Fax:00 57 1 286 8025 E-mail:;

The aim of The Colombian Trade Union Solidarity Campaign is to promote, defend and develop the rights of Colombian workers to belong to a trade union of their choice free from intimidation and terror.




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