We, the small farmers, miners, and indigenous people from the towns of Segovia and Remedios, declare to all local inhabitants that the claims and demands that were included in the recently-released statement constitute the people’s historical rights. These claims seek to defend all the rights of the people who live in this area, who have made great contributions to the country’s economy and development.
Our struggle in this huge mobilization of thousands of farmers, miners, and indigenous people is intended to call the attention of the national government, so that they might pay attention to our requests, which have been fair and for the well-being of the entire region. Our goal is not to harm the interests of business people, the transport sector, other economic sectors, or the local citizenry in general. On the contrary, the strike seeks to support of the social well-being and economic progress of the entire area, so that people here can live the dignified life that they deserve, after producing so much wealth for the country.
Therefore, we call on all residents to continue supporting the strike, so that together we might achieve the justice that has been denied to us by the national government. This government has abandoned area residents for the benefit of multinational mining interests. This mobilization has already achieved, in record time, a direct dialogue with the provincial and national governments, and this morning (August 23rd) at 9 a.m., a meeting is taking place between our spokespeople and government representatives in Medellín. We hope and expect that our requests will be attended to.
We inform all the inhabitants of the region that if there is a failure to reach an agreement at this meeting, we will be actively restarting our strike activities in order to pressure the national government to attend to the requests made by the communities of northeastern Antioquia. In this we hope to be able to count on the support of the people, who will receive the greatest benefit from a successful mobilization.
Farmers’ and Miners’ Roundtable for Dialogue (M.I.A.), Segovia, Antioquia.
Cahucopana, Friday, 23 August 2013. Originally published on Agencia Prena Rural