The Commonality of Struggle: A Discussion with Rafael Coicué

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Date/Time: 26/10/2008 12:00 am

Discussion: The Commonality of Struggle: A Discussion with Rafael Coicué
Sun, October 26, 2008 2:00 pm at 16 Beaver
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Alwan for the Arts, El Movimiento por la Paz en Colombia, First Voices, Indigenonus Radio and Deep Dish TV, 16 Beaver present:
Free and Open to the Public
The Indigenous People of Colombia Battle For Their Land and Dignity.
A conversation with Rafael Coicué, Nasa leader, former mayor of the indigenous cabildo of Corinto in Cauca, and representative of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, Colombia (ACIN).
Across the world, from Palestine to India to Latin America, indigenous people are struggling for their land, culture and human rights against repressive and reactionary governments. Confronted with ongoing land seizures, and policies that amount to ethnic cleansing, popular movements are waging intense, sometimes desperate struggles. Unfortunately the essential commonality of these struggles is often not seen. Rafael Coicué’s report from the people of the indigenous regions of Northern Cauca, Colombia dramatically illustrates the similarity of the struggles. Their non-violent mass protests have been met with military force. In the latest demonstrations, 130 people have been wounded and at least two killed by army and police bullets. The government and the Colombian media are accusing them of being terrorists.
Rafael Coicué is one of the most respected leaders of the contemporary indigenous movement in northern Cauca. He was the indigenous governor of Corinto in Northern Cauca. A long time Nasa activist, his brother was killed in the 1991 Nilo massacre of 20 Nasa, and he was shot at and lost an eye in July 2008, a direct attempt on his life because of the work he’s involved in. He will be in Washington, testifying before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights about the consistent violations committed against Colombia’s indigenous communities by the government of Alvaro Uribe, including the backlash carried out by the Army and Police against indigenous protesters in Cauca over the past ten days. He will be speaking in New York City October 25-27th
Last updated: 2008-10-22 09:39:05

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