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La Piedra - Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia - March 2019

21 March 2019

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Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia

Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia

March 2019

Colombian police attack protesters on Pan-American highway


Indigenous and peasant communities in the South-West of Colombia are mobilizing against government policies and demanding the State respect prior agreements. The protesters in the Minga are also demanding access to land, fair price for coffee, subsidies for coffee farmers, inclusion in the National Development Plan (PND).

Micoahumado community denounces violation of International Humanitarian Law by Army


The inhabitants and social and peasant organizations of Micoahumado town in the Bolivar department of Colombia, denounce that the confrontations between the ELN and the National Army have been constant since March 2. "A group of young boys were playing football when the Army shot a series of rounds, arguing that there was a presence of ELN guerrilla fighters."

False judicial Positive in Eastern Antioquia


The strategy of criminalizing protest and social leaderships reached the Eastern Antioquia. On Friday, March 8th, members of the Fiscalía’s C.T.I. arrested Ancísar de Jesús Morales in the main park of San Francisco, a municipality located in the eastern forest subregion of Antioquia. Ancísar is a counselor in the municipality and is a member of the board of directors of the Asociación Campesina de Antioquia (ACA).


CANACOL: Another Canadian Multinational in Colombia


Canacol Energy Ltd. is a Canadian  company that was founded by CEO Charle Gamba in 2008 and is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company’s head office is located in Alberta, Canada however its extractive projects and operations are carried out in resource-rich Colombia. On their corporate website, Canacol outlines their broad mandate and highlights their commitment to corporate responsibility.

We are the Peasants’ and Peoples’ Interethnic Guard of Centro Oriente, Colombia


The Peasants’ and Peoples’ Interethnic Guard is a movement arising out of the need to defend territorial, collective and human rights in the context of the advocacy process led by the communities. The early stirrings of the movement date back to the mobilizations of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and more specifically the Sarare general strike


BCOGC Issues Misleading Statement on Unist’ot’en Archaeological Findings

On March 8, 2019, The BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) released a bulletin responding to the “archaeological complaint” Unist’ot’en made upon finding several ancient stone tool artifacts on Unist’ot’en territory on the site of the proposed Coastal GasLink (CGL) Camp 9A. The BCOGC’s bulletin contains information that is misleading and unsubstantiated.


The threat of forestry, Shannon Chief, Anishinabeg territory

Criminalisation of protest again Canadian oil company in Casanare

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Julian Gil and he's struggle for education (english subtitle available)
Sara and Tulia land defenders imprisoned (english subtitles) 
Piedra, it is the rock of resistance, the rock which, placed in the powerfuls’ shoe, bothers. It is the one that, in all its diversity, constitutes our habitat, vital to our existence. It is the rock we throw. And, of course, it is the exploited rock. Extractivism, an economic model based on the exploitation of resources, ravages always increasingly here and elsewhere. It is in “Canada”, on colonized lands, that the majority of mining companies hold their headquarters. As so, the Canadian companies deploy their activities in Colombia in all impunity, and take advantage and participate in the political and social violence that hits this country living in war.


The Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia is a collective which realizes accompaniment with Colombian communities and organizations since 2003, while also creating links here and in Colombia of groups and individuals struggling against the imposition of mega-projects of resource extraction.