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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 01:35 PM
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Colombia: Army mass grave discovered
Colombia: Army mass grave discovered

Daryl Davies
Green Left Weekly issue, #833 14, April 2010

10 April 2010

In December, a delegation of British MPs visiting Colombia reported that a mass grave had been discovered in La Macarena, a small town in the Meta region, 250 kilometres south of Bogota.

MP Jeff Ennis told British parliament on January 27: On the village outskirts, right next to the main military base in the region, was a cemetery with more than 1000 unmarked graves.

I was utterly appalled by the scale of the mass grave in La Macarena and it was clear that there were vast numbers of bodies buried there, the majority quite recently.

Residents said after the Colombian army took back the area from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in 2005, it began burying bodies at the site. The FARC have waged a four-decade-long armed struggle against the Colombian state.

Colombia's office of the prosecutor-general, charged with investigating government corruption, has estimated about 2000 bodies are buried at the site. Official government sources insist that number is wildly inflated.

El Nuevo Herald reported on January 29 that the prosecutor-generals office in Bogota has sent a mission from that institutions Technical Investigations Corps to the cemetery and confirmed the existence of a large number of cadavers in the grave, though it only made a few excavations.

Publico journal quoted Jairo Ramirez, the secretary of the Permanent Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Colombia, who was with the British delegation. He said: The Army commander told us that they were guerrillas killed in combat, but the people in the region told us of a multitude of social leaders, campesinos and community human rights defenders who disappeared without a trace.

The Colombian armys claim that all the individuals buried there are guerrillas is suspicious in the light on the ongoing false positives scandal. False positive is the Colombian militarys euphemism for civilians who are executed and then dressed up to look like guerrillas.

Soldiers use the inflated statistics of guerrillas killed to claim financial bonuses.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 01:58 PM
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1. Alarming they had the assurance they didn't have to worry about placing it near the military base.
This has happened in various other places in Latin America, too, places ruled by murderous right-wing dictators when they were utilized. One place even hosted the remains of Che Guevara next to an air strip, if you remember.

It's a MIRACLE any word of this mass grave has ever gotten out of the country. You have to wonder why they allowed it. Could it be because it's the end of Uribe's reign, and they hope they can "bury" the past with his departure, or at least create the appearance the fiendish, truly deeply evil stuff will be leaving with him?
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 01:59 PM
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2. Recommending.
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