Paramilitary groups continue intimidating and killing popular leaders and human rights supporters in several southern and northern departments of the country, including Putumayo, where several doctors, teachers and community leaders are threatened. According to a report by the Rural Press Agency, social and rural activists have been murdered in recent weeks in a number of places in the towns of Meta, Sucre, Huila, Antioquia, Norte de Santander and Nariño.
In Puerto Asis, Putumayo, where the president of that city’s Council Luis Celis was murdered on Friday, a number of human-rights activists and community leaders are also being threatened.
That municipality is “teeming with paramilitary agents at the town’s central square, indulged by the police and Colombian army. The same is happening in Mocoa and Sibundoy.”
According to the Rural Press Agency, paramilitary groups have reorganized and are moving forward with their plans to exterminate the population. One of the most recent examples took place in Palmarito, a rural area in Norte de Santander, where around 500 people were forced to leave for Cucuta after threats from the narco-paramiltary agents who killed a score of local leaders.
Corregimiento Palmarito is under control of the groups Los Rastrojos and Urabeños, engaged in systematic extortion of the local population. Paramilitary control of the area has been going on for at least 10 years.