On Sunday, the Puebla Group expressed its solidarity with Colombian journalists and left-wing lawmakers, presidential candidates, and social leaders, whom the Black Eagles paramilitary group threatened to kill.
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"We demand guarantees for these citizens’ life and political participation. The international community is looking to fight for them," the Puebla Group stressed and urged paramilitary groups to respect the 2016 Peace Agreement, which the Colombian State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed.
The Black Eagle threatened 20 politicians, including former lawmaker Alirio Uribe (Democratic Pole), Senator Victoria Sandino (Comunes Party), councilor Heidi Sanchez (Human Colombia), and lawmaker Maria Pizarro (Decent Party).
"The threat against us reflects the prevailing impunity for paramilitary actions in our country," Sanchez stressed and demanded that the Attorney General’s Office identify and prosecute those responsible for this crime.
Early this year, the Black Eagle also threatened Bogota Councillor for the Green Alliance Party Julian Rodriguez, journalist German Calvo, and their relatives.
“Their heads will be the first to roll as an example for the rest. We continue the civic and patriotic work of cleaning our homeland of leftist garbage, environmentalists, and human rights defenders," the paramilitaries alleged.
So far this year, paramilitary groups have murdered 160 social leaders and offered a US$252 reward for killing Indigenous leaders of the Cauca department, in which huge protest against violence took place.