Target: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
Goal: To ensure the safety of peaceful protestors in Colombia
There is considerable fear of further police brutality in Colombia after at least four protesters were killed and scores more injured during protests calling for allocated peasant farming zones in the country. There is concern that excessive force is being used and that it has led to the killing of four protestors on separate days. The security forces have an obligation to protect the people that they are brutalizing now.
Since the beginning of June, thousands of farmers and other protestors have gathered to lobby for a Peasant Farmer Reservation Zone as well as a program that substitutes illicit crops. These reforms would ensure the livelihoods of farmers around the country. The government has sought to undermine the protests by claiming that guerilla forces have led the demonstrations. The President, as well as the National Police Director has connected the protests to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC. Such accusations will only harden the resolve of security forces that have already killed four protestors.
These Peasant Farmer Reservation Zones have been established previously in the country in order to provide access to land tenure and social services. They also ensure food security for the population of the country. Sign this petition to demand an end to the violence against farmers in Colombia.
Dear President Juan Manuel Santos,
The violence against farmers in your country who are protesting for more Peasant Farmer Reservation Zones is worrisome. The deaths of four of these protestors show the international community that your government does not concern itself with the safety of all your citizens. The farmers and other protestors are merely trying to better themselves and their country by implementing these changes.
Connecting the protestors to the FARC is entirely irresponsible. This connection will only aggravate security forces further and lead to greater acts of violence. I urge you to allow the protestors to protest peacefully as they have done and to implement the Reservation Zones.
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