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#Colombia Statement: Cops stormed occupied university of #Cauca in #Popayán

Colombia: Statement from November 23, 2018, by Juventud Rebelde Colombia.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Edited Machine translation.

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Communique, November 23, 2018

ESMAD attacks university Unicauca camp with unconventional arms

After a month of resistance from the university camp of the University of Cauca, ESMAD (El Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios, riot squads in Colombia, EIE) cops today, November 23, attacked students who are part of the university camp and who are within the Faculty of human and social sciences. 

Remember that these same students , were violently evicted after 17 days of peaceful resistance by the university camp in the Caldas Park in the city of Popayan. The attack by ESMAD, started at 5:45 am. They sealed off the place with two tanks preventing the exit and entry of students, workers and citizens in general, using unconventional weapons such as recalzadas (multiple charge ammunition, EIE) and crystal balls. The aggressions were accompanied by flashbang grenades and teargas in the closed area of the university camp. The students who were resting at that time were seriously affected. The attack by ESMAD caused broken glass that was spread throughout the place, They  putted he life and integrity of the participants in the university camp at risk. We recall that the rector of the University of Cauca Jose Luis Diago Franco agreed with the students not to allow the eviction of the the faculty of human and social sciences, an agreement that was holding until today .

We reject the actions and acts of violence by ESMAD, orchestrated by the municipal representative Carlos Vivas Perez and the mayor of the city of Popayan Cesar Cristian GOmez Castro, who have not offered real guarantees for the continuity of the just and noble student struggle, violating the right to the protest in a systematic way which is protected and safeguarded in our political constitution, and in addition to not complying with the agreements to prevent members of state forces from infiltrating themselves inside the camp, mobilizations and other student expressions. Furthermore that they have used these infiltration strategies of plainclothes policemen to violently end the different kinds of mobilization and the follow-ups.

Images of the students taken by plainclothes cops have subsequently ended up in judicial actions against student activists; This kind of harassment have already been brought to  attention, they have been treated and some of them have been discussed with the current municipal administration in the previous rounds of dialogue. We sympathize with the students and their just struggle for a dignified, free and quality education for the Colombian people and their future generations, a fight that is also our fight because we are on our path to search for peace and a better reality for battered Colombia. We also invite the community in general to join and support these expressions of pacific nonconformity because the struggle of students around the country is the struggle for the dignity of the Colombian people.

Students, your struggle is our struggle!

On the streets and in the classrooms, we go!

Juventud Rebelde Colombia, November 23, 2018.

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