Death Threat against Martha Giraldo

SOAW:- Martha Giraldo, a Colombian human rights activist and a featured speaker at the 2009 November vigil to close the SOA (video), was subjected to a chilling death threat earlier this week in Cali, Colombia. Two SUVs with tinted windows — the vehicle of choice of Colombian assassins — tried to run her car off of the road. As they pulled up beside her, they pulled out guns and pointed them at her. They never fired a shot, but the message was clear: we can kill you, and if you don’t keep quiet, we will.

Martha Giraldo and her family continue to tell the truth about how the Colombian army killed her father, a campesino, and dressed him up in guerrilla clothing to make the murder look like a “combat kill.” Colombian human rights organizations
report that extrajudicial executions of civilians by the Colombian Armed Forces is on the rise. Please take two minutes out of your day today to call one of the Colombia specialists at the State Department, Terry Steers-Gonzalez (202-647-4173) or Susan Sanford (202-647-3142). Click here for the message Martha would like you to communicate.


8 Responses to “Death Threat against Martha Giraldo”

  1. ralfast Says:

    The peace of the cities bought by the blood of the countryside.

  2. RickB Says:

    Hey Rafael!
    I’m not sure they have much peace anywhere!

  3. ralfast Says:

    In Colombia, there has been a classic struggle between the cities and the countryside. Most rebels reside and operate outside the cities, where the age old latifundia/plantation system ( still exists (as in most places in Latin America, nearly 600 years after the conquest, most land is held by a tiny Criollo/European descended elite). I head many claims that the violence has gone down in the cities, and that things are “getting better” but of course, it’s just means that the violence has gone deeper into the shadows and into the hills, valleys and forests of Colombia.

  4. ralfast Says:

    From the same Wiki:

    “That the large corporate hacienda farms of international agribusiness have similarities with the Roman latifundia in the extent of holdings, and efficiencies in mass production that drive out small competitors is a cliché of ideology with some truth in it.[citation needed] The parallels are more useful for ideological purposes; the differences inform authentic history. Modern South American latifundios are blamed for economic inequality and strife.”

  5. RickB Says:

    So at the same time as the narco/govt issues an indigenous social justice issue is also being suppressed, somehow not surprised they are US allies…

  6. ralfast Says:



    Empire by Proxy.

  7. RickB Says:

    Yes, my mistake!

  8. ralfast Says:

    An easy one to make, with the avalanche of newspeak we wade though every time we turn on the tely or log on online.

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