Duque no va a la minga. Duque doesn't go to meet with indigenous and popular movements.
Carta en español abajo.
Only 200 meters from finalizing agreements with indigenous and popular movements, Colombian President Iván Duque backs out. Earlier, his mentor, Senator and "Father of the Paramilitaries" Álvaro Uribe, emited a tweet justifying potential massacres of protesters. Please take action and send the following email to President Duque and the Colombian Office of Tourism. English translation below.
Solamente 200 metros de una reunión para finalizar acuerdos con la minga indígena y popular, presidente colombiano Iván Duque decide que no quiere ir. Antemano, su mentor. Senador y "Padre de los Paramilitares" difundió un tweet para justificar masacres potenciales de manifestantes. Por favor toma acción y envíe el siguiente correo al Presidente Duque y la Oficina de Turismo.
If Colombia isn’t safe for the minga, how can it be safe for me?
I write not only to President Duque, but also to Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism:
I am completely in shock by the decision of President Iván Duque to break the negotiations with the minga (Indigenous and rural protests) in Cauca [Colombia]. The president was almost at the meeting with indigenous leaders when he changed his mind and decided not to attend. More terrible than anything, is that this development occurred two days after the Senator and Father of the Paramilitaries, Álvaro Uribe emitted a tweet that justified the possibility of a massacre against the protesters. Expressing his displeasure with agreements reached between the minga and the government, Uribe wrote, “If the authorities, serene, firm and with social reason are involved in a massacre, it is because there is violence and terror from the other side more than protest.” The cruel and inhumane cynicism in this message is unfathomable. Minga participants have suffered all manner of property destruction, assaults by the Armed Forces, injuries, and even deaths. The minga’s demands for land rights and an end to the violence against their communities are just.