"... Neither the sowers of barbarism and terror, nor their rifles, will make us give up our principles or make us kneel and bend into a complicit silence towards that barbarism ..."
Despite our cries and documentation, the paramilitaries continue to develop their civil-military plan of war in the rural settlements of Rodoxali, Zabaleta and La Hoz of the township of San José. They are building roads and houses there, and all the materials are brought to the town of Nuevo Antioquia by paramilitaries and then civilians are forced to carry building materials to the settlements, all under the complacency of local authorities at regional, provincial and national levels. Given these and other facts, our Peace Community again records for humanity and for history, these new developments to the already long list of crimes under impunity committed against the Peace Community and the local population day by day. The new facts are:
While people speak of peace, tranquillity, development and progress in Urabá, the gunfire does not let up. Yet again our Peace Community finds itself with ethical and moral obligation to record before the country, the world, and history, the new facts of horror, in order to prevent oblivion being complicit in human brutality:
As we complete our 17 years of existence, our Peace Community of San José de Apartadó wishes to send a sincere and deep gratitude and appreciation to all the communities, groups, organizations and people from distant countries and from many regions of Colombia, who have accompanied us with their solidarity, with their moral strength, resistance, and hope.
The state aggression against our Peace Community of San José de Apartadó continues even around election days, when the State ordinarily displays a mask of goodness. In our territory, the criminal face of the state nakedly continues. We hereby record, before the country and the world, the latest attacks:
In recent days, Colombia and the whole world have been scandalised by the levels of corruption detected in the Colombian armed forces. Intelligence centres camouflaged behind restaurants, and who knows what other establishments, violate the Constitution, the law and International Treaties, walking all over the intimacy and the most sacred rights of citizens, and carry out perverse spying activities seeking to control, attack and destroy those who think or act in ways that are different to their criminal and excluding social projects. All this occurs daily in San José de Apartadó, where the armed forces has for over 17 years been seeking to destroy a Community which has ethical values which they want to destroy.
Many of our friends and communities who stand in solidarity with us have asked us if the “forgiveness” asked of our Peace Community by President Juan Manuel Santos last 10th December, for the slander made years before by his predecessor as head of state, sanctioned for their criminal character by the Constitutional court, have had o could have an effect of providing guarantees of non repetition. Sadly, President Santos did not fulfil the second part of the order given by the Court, that is, the presentation “of a procedure to avoid future slander against the Community, as well as the establishment of a single channel of communication which reduces the risks of slander and enables the reconstruction of trust”. This omission – and we do not pretend to judge whether it is intentional or not – has in practice invalidated the effects of the presidential request for “forgiveness”, because other state agents, especially a direct subordinate of the President, the Commander of the Seventeenth Brigade of the Army, has followed ex President Uribe’s criminal role, thus integrating himself into the systematic crime of PERSECUTION and SLANDER against our Community, already expressed in several thousands of crimes against humanity and war crimes currently in international tribunals.
Yet again our Peace Community of San José de Apartadó finds itself having to document before the country and the world new facts which violate our dignity and our fundamental rights, and continue revealing the profiles of a state which uses absolutely illegitimate and perverse means to express the injustice and violence which structure it.
The actions of violence do not stop; they are the bread of each day. Yet again, our Peace Community documents new horrendous occurrences before humanity and history:
On Sunday 12th January 2014 towards 3:00pm a group of 23 paramilitaries entered and remained in the rural area of Bellavista, part of the San José de Apartadó township. The group of paramilitaries, including whom the well-known paramilitaries Albeiro and Lubin Cardona, threatened several civilians, and telling them that they must not speak out about this, or they could not answer for what would happen to them in the future. After breaking and entering several campesinos’ houses, they went and hid in the mountain. This paramilitary presence occurs in the middle of a strong military presence in that area, which clearly indicates the complicity of the armed forces with paramilitarism.