At least four Wayúu indigenous people from the Alakat community, including a minor, were murdered in the municipality of Maicao, which belongs to the department Colombian from La Guajira (north), bordering Venezuela, local authorities denounced this Monday.
“Our Wayúu Alakat indigenous community in the Maicao jurisdiction is in mourning. (…) The leader and three members of our community were murdered and (there are) several wounded by the merciless attack by armed groups in the territory of La Guajira”, reported by the organization Autoridades Tradicionales Indígenas de Colombia.
According to local authorities, one of those killed in the attack is a minor under 14 years of age.
Faced with the attack, which occurred on Sunday night, the Major Government of these communities rejected “the systematic violence to human rights and infractions of International Humanitarian Law” to which indigenous peoples in Colombia are being subjected.
He also warned that ethnic communities are facing the growth of an “extermination” as a result of the selective killings of their leaders, ancestral authorities and traditional doctors.
“To date, the displacement, harassment, intimidation, forced recruitment and other silenced violations continue in the midst of a worldwide pandemic of covid-19“, warned the Greater Government.
The authorities demanded that the Colombian State, local governments and international organizations take effective actions to attend to and prevent the “physical and cultural extermination of indigenous peoples.”
“We denounce these atrocious acts for the purpose of exterminating indigenous peoples repeatedly in the territory by the same group outside the law, with selective assassinations of our indigenous communities without the authorities and other control entities fulfilling their functions” they added.
Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who led a security council held in Maicao, announced a reward of up to 20 million pesos (about $ 5,900) for information leading to the capture of those responsible for the massacre.
He explained that according to the first investigations, a man shot at a Venezuelan and “at other people who were there.”
Additionally, said the head of the Defense portfolio, the Police through the anti-narcotics and intelligence division will focus on the identification of the drug traffickers who “are sowing violence and death in La Guajira.”
To combat crime and drug traffickers operating in the department, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) will assign an aircraft to increase intelligence activity and the Army will do the same with a helicopter for military operations.
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