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Colombia Action Network says “No to U.S. bases in Colombia”

Statement by Colombia Action Network |
August 8, 2010
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Colombia Action Network.

NO to U.S. bases in Colombia!

Peace Not War

We oppose U.S. intervention and war in Colombia. We oppose the seven new U.S. bases being built to wage war on the Colombian people and threaten their neighbors. We say “NO to U.S. bases in Colombia!” We want peace and friendship with our neighbors, not war.

U.S. Dirty War—7 U.S. Bases

The U.S. is waging a dirty war in Colombia. Plan Colombia brings poverty, misery, and death to the Colombia people. It is a counter-insurgency war aimed at the poor peasants and workers. Plan Colombia is a war plan to fight the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a growing and expanding rebel insurgency that defends the movements of workers and peasants.

The U.S. government supports the small wealthy Colombian elite and their corrupt death squad government. The U.S. funds, arms, and directs the Colombian military and its death squads. Death squads murder a Colombian trade unionist every week. The Colombian military and their death squads repress the mass movements of workers, peasant farmers, indigenous, Afro-Colombian people, students, and progressives. U.S. corporate military contractors spray plant-killing chemicals to displace poor peasants from areas where the rebellion is strong or land where U.S. companies want to exploit natural resources. Over 5 million poor peasants and rural people are displaced.

The new U.S. bases agreement calls for 800 U.S. military advisers and 600 corporate military contractors, but there is no limit. The U.S. bases are a reaction by the White House to the failure of Plan Colombia. Despite what you might read in the U.S. press, the Colombian elite and their politicians are less popular and growing more isolated from the Colombian people. They are losing control of the situation. The rebellion is spreading and growing stronger. The U.S. bases are an act of desperation to counteract the growing movement for independence in Colombia and Latin America.

Close the SOA and Cut Off the Colombian Military

As part of the campaign to say “NO to U.S. bases in Colombia!” we are calling for mobilization to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Georgia, November 19-21st, 2010. It is at the SOA, where the U.S. trains the Colombian military officers who direct the death squads and abuse human rights. 

Solidarity with the Colombian People

We are in solidarity with the Colombian people. Colombian’s do not want U.S. bases any more than American tax-payers want to pay for them. The U.S. government is doing the bidding of the rich people who rule the U.S. and attempt to dominate other countries. We are in this struggle together as we demand “NO to U.S. bases in Colombia!” 

Colombia Action Network – CAN
http://www.colombiasolidarity.org

2 comments

 
David Fillingham wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Military Bases in Columbia

Matthew,

There are over 1000 military bases associated with the USA. Barney Frank and Ron Paul are trying to close down 1/3rd of them. Contact Barney's office for further info about the bases that are planned in Columbia. One problem we have is the military will not supply us with current info about the military bases. Here is a sad fact - all of the bases are toxic waste sights. Most have sub-standard housing for the indigeous people who work on the base. These housing standards are so low, that many are deeply infected with tuberculosis.

Columbia is a terrible military government that is abusive to its people and gets a lot of aid and training from the US. The School of Americas (SOA) has trained assassins and torturers in Central and South America, including amazingly, a manual recently discovered teaching people how to kidnap the children of diplomats. Go to http://www.soaw.org/ for further info.

 
Matthew William Miller wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Attention FIGHT BACK NEWS !!!

Could I get some sources on the bases that are planend on being built and who I can talk to about voting against them ???

- Matthew