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Tell Bush, Pastrana:
Extend the Cease Fire!
Stop Plan Colombia!
Friday, January 30th
Colombian Embassy, 1520 20th Street NW,
at Q Street, right at the North exit to the Dupont Circle
For more information, call 202-347-9300
Sponsored by the International Action Center
The Colombian government is set to decide by January 31st whether to extend the cease fire in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in that country. The DMZ was set up to facilitate talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). The government and armed forces are threatening to re-invade these five evacuated municipalities on January 31st. Invading the zone would open a new phase of military conflict across the country. The zone is the only region in Colombia free of death-squad terrorism.
The new Bush administration promises to continue Clinton’s policy of intervention in Colombia. Key Bush advisers even talk about dropping the “false distinction” between the war on drugs and the counterinsurgency war against Colombia’s popular movement.
The military phase of Plan Colombia is scheduled to begin in January. This Washington-inspired counterinsurgency plan is designed to provide the Colombian government with aid to impose its pro-IMF economic policies and crush all popular resistance. A campaign of death-squad terror has already begun in the province of Putumayo to precede the “push to the south”the combined military offensive and biological warfare “defoliation” campaign against the region.
We need to send a
clear signal to the new Bush administration and the Pentagon: the U.S.
war against the Colombian people must end. The U.S. people have nothing
to gain from a phony drug war that amounts to more money for the Pentagon
and merchants of death and less for drug treatment, education and jobs.
International Action Center
733 15th Street NW, #515
Washington, DC 20005