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Three more people killed in new massacre in Colombia

Three more people killed in new massacre in Colombia

Bogota, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Three people died in a new massacre in Colombia, bringing the total number of massacres perpetrated this year to 93, the Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) has denounced on Tuesday.
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According to this non-governmental human rights organization, the killings took place last Sunday in the village of Sabana Larga, municipality of Sácama, department of Casanare, when a group of armed men attacked a family.

The Ombudsman’s Office issued an early warning in which it warned about threats by different armed groups against peasants and leaders, among others.

In addition to the pressures caused by the presence of armed groups, these bands violently offer the inhabitants ‘security’ and with it demands for silence and restrictions.

The criminal group Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, one of the fronts of the National Liberation Army, as well as the Fourth Division of the Army are active in the area, according to the Ombudsman’s Office.

Yesterday, the Human Rights and Conflict Observatory of Indepaz confirmed that 168 social leaders and human rights defenders were killed in Colombia in 2021, 26 of them women.

With these deaths, 1,283 social and peasant leaders have been murdered since the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016, to date and most of these crimes, 885, were perpetrated during the current government of President Iván Duque.

On the other hand, this year a total of 92 massacres occurred in Colombia in which 326 people were killed and the most serious was the one perpetrated on May 31 in Algeciras, department of Huila, with a toll of nine people shot to death in a farm. Now we add the one perpetrated last Sunday in which three more people were killed.

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