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A Small Victory for Small Farmers in Colombia

Brit Hanson

Good news from the folks at Christian Peacemaker Teams - Colombia (where my love works) — The government institution that regulates surveillance & grants firearms licenses for private security has revoked the license of the palm company that has been threatening the farming community of Las Pavas. Bottom-line: though a threat still remains for this small Colombian farming community, the workers of the palm company aggressively terrorizing them is no longer legally permitted to carry guns.

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    Que siga prosperando nuestro pais!

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    wow. what was the reason for the armed security in the first place?

    • Brit Hanson

      In mid-July 2012 the palm company Aportes San Isidro, responsible for having illegally evicted the Las Pavas families in 2009, brought 150 workers to plant palm on lands titled to the local community. Employees of the company including its lawyer made threats and physical attacks on members of the community and the international human rights group (Christian Peacemaker Teams) observing the process.

      Since then the palm company has hired private security in order to intimidate and push the local farmers off their land. They've cut the fences keeping the farmers' cows in. Poisoned their chickens. Assaulted a community member with a machete. Attempted to burn down homes. All so they can plant palm for oil where this small community grows their food to sustain their families. It's unfortunately a common story around here.

      You can find a complete history and recent news about the Las Pavas community here: