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COLOMBIA: El Guayabo demands that armed men leave their community

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Community members retake possession of
Rincón's property

After a week of confrontations between the El Guayabo community members and armed men installed by Rodrigo Lopez Henao Henry Rincón’s property, Lopez’s men have left the land.  Riot police illegally evicted Rincón from the property in October at the bidding of Lopez.

When CPT arrived at El Guayabo on 31 November, the military was camped at the town’s port.  On 1 December, the military came to investigate the situation on the farm, having heard reports that there were firearms in the vicinity, but they did not act.  Their visit left the community disappointed and wary of the military’s position.  In the evening, Lopez sent in extra men to guard the house, leaving a total of ten guards on the property.

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Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.

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The collective village of Hardan is made up of 450 families from thirteen villages internally displaced by bombing. Hardan collective formed in December 1995 after Turkish bombings forced villagers to move. During the first two years people lived in tents. In 1997 each family received six hundred concrete blocks and ten bags of cement with which to build their houses. Turkish attacks subsided between 2003 and 2007, during which bridges and roads were rebuilt in 2004, allowing people to return to their homes to plant and rebuild. In February 2008, however, Turkey resumed bombing in the village areas and destroyed five bridges. People depended on these bridges to visit other villages as well as to bring their crops and animals to market. Hardan collective awaits the day they can safely return to their original homes.

CPT’s Work: CPT accompanies communities like Hardan, documenting their experience, and advocating with decision-makers for a cease to state-sponsored violence and bombing.