Canada Colombians marched for peace and against violence in their country of origin

Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. The streets of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, as well as dozens of other cities in Latin America and around the world, They were overwhelmed with Colombians weary of violence in their country of origin, who demanded peace and the fulfillment of the agreements with which he ended the armed conflict in the South American country.

It took nearly three years and over 700 social leaders assassinated to thousands of Colombians, both in Colombia and in major cities around the world, decided to take action on the matter to try to stop a spiral of violence that could end the fragile peace that the South American country living.

Concerted action at national and international level was convened by the Colombian organization "Defend Peace", consists of intellectual, journalists, artists and many other sectors, and that according to their data was echoed by 57 cities within the country and 52 worldwide.

in Toronto, The call was heard by the Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (HOME), who made the call for mobilization in conjunction with LACSA, common Frontiers, the Ontario Teachers' Union (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, OSSTF/FEESO) y el Colombian Working Group, among others.

Here, the March, which brought together a 300 people, He began at the corner of Bloor and Spadina streets, In the heart of the city, where attendees gathered carrying signs with faces with names under which read "claimed lands only" or "just looking for his son", referring to the hundreds of people murdered in Colombia in recent years.

The protesters crossed the street to reach the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, where a rally in which they requested the official to intervene to help consolidate peace and to stop the violence in Colombia was conducted.

"The Minister Freeland has elected Colombia as its strategic partner to implement democracy, human rights, development and peace in Latin America, but this alliance is wrong because it is based solely on economic and free trade agreements, in the exploitation of minerals, but unfortunately it has completely ignored monitoring, monitoring the situation of human rights, and that there are absolute contempt for the implementation of the peace accords in Colombia ", said the Colombian-Canadian community leader Luis Mata.

He explained that after nearly three years after the signing of peace accords in Colombia, these have not yet been fully implemented, showing the most serious flaws on key points such as the return of land, the implementation of the reform of political participation and protecting the lives of those who surrendered their weapons, both guerrillas and military.

Mata said that concerted march in cities like Berlin (Germany), Melbourne (Australia), Paris (France), London (England), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Quito (Ecuador), Santiago (Chile), Such (Japan), Beijín (China), Moscow (Russia), and Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa y Toronto, in Canada, It was "a united voice that is sent to heaven, a cry of anguish and despair saying: We defend peace and protect the lives of leaders and social women leaders in Colombia ".

Protesters in Colombia and around the world called four things: Implementation of the peace agreements, which they are already signed, there are international donations and no national budget, but, explain, They are not being met because there is a lack of political will to start a real implementation.

The second requirement is that there be monitored by the United Nations Organization to ensure the continued intervention of the human rights office in Colombia of the international body to protect the right to life.

The third is to be implemented and that autonomy is respected to the Special Jurisdiction Peace, which it is an autonomous system of justice that is part of the "Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Repair and guarantee of non repetition ", in which he really is favored over punitive measures following the end of armed conflict.

The fourth requirement is that the "false positives" are clarified, ie the killing of civilians who were passing by guerrillas made by the military during the armed conflict, which was promoted, according to complaints, by implementing a reward system to give the military more low guerrillas.

After the rally outside the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the marchers resumed Bloor Street until you reach the intersection with Yonge (one of the most important roads in the city), They turned to the south to Dundas Square (one of the nerve centers of Toronto), where they stopped to sing songs and hand out leaflets with messages for life, for peace and hope in Colombia, then go to the esplanade in front of the Mayor of Toronto, where a monument consisting of a large flag of Colombia with white doves of peace was placed, and over a hundred faces of leaders killed.

Then he continued to walk through the streets of the city center until a popular amphitheater where they held a rally with dances and music "that highlighted the joy of life and the sadness of the murders".

It was a day for more than three hours in which the marchers carried banners with slogans in English saying "Walk for peace and life Colombia", "Stop the killings of social leaders in Colombia", "Life is Beautiful, Do not kill life ", and which ended with a poetic expression shouted so loudly that said "The enemies of peace, the criminals, They may kill some flowers, but they can never destroy the spring ".