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Advocate, Las Pavas

Justice for Tito

New agressions by the palm oil company against the Las Pavas community

On May 28th around 50 people of the Las Pavas community entered onto their land with the community tractor carrying palm branches in order to build a roof for their communal ranch house.  Upon arriving they saw various armed men come out of the brush, who were identified as MARIO MARMOL MONTERO, FRANCISCO FLOREZ MARMOL, and CARLOS who goes by the name “El Calvo”, all of whom are security guards for the palm company APORTES SAN ISIDRO.  The guards shot repeatedly and indiscriminately at the men, women, and children of the community,   shooting out the tire of the tractor as well.

Tito on his land

Tito on his land

On May 30th at 5:30pm Tito Alvear Perez, a member of Las Pavas community, was assaulted by MARIO MARMOL, CARLOS “El Calvo” and a man who goes by Gentil, employees of the palm oil company Aportes San Isidro.  He was walking from the farm “El Oasis” back towards Las Pavas after having gone to fetch water for the meal when the security guards  beat him using machetes, cutting one of his legs and his arm, kicking him in the head repeatedly, and insulting him.  They threatened his life and that of other community members and they shot at him twice.  Hearing the shots, Bladimir Alvear ran out to find Tito left there bleeding while the company guards ran away.  Tito is in stable condition and Las Pavas leaders are filing charges with the authorities.

 

Tito (with camera) and other community members confronting Mario Marmol after he ordered his men to shoot out the tractor tire on April 25th

Tito (with camera) and other community members confronting Mario Marmol after he ordered his men to shoot out the tractor tire on April 25th

Marmol and his armed escorts have assaulted the Las Pavas community members on several occasions including in recent weeks when they fired shots at members of the community as they went about their daily work on the land.  Local police authorities have done nothing to intervene, granting Marmol complete impunity for his actions.  Mario Marmol has threatened to kill Las Pavas community members on numerous occasions and this latest action is one step closer to this becoming a reality.

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About CPT Colombia

CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) Colombia is an International organization seeking to be allies for and partner with communities who are threatened with displacement and violence. We try to support their initiatives to promote justice and peace and their resistance to attempts by those who oppress them and seek to dispossess them of their land, culture and livelihoods.

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