Indigenous Leader Assassinated in Colombia


08 de diciembre de 2018, 10:14Colombia, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The indigenous communities of the department of Cauca, region of the Colombian Pacific, denounced on Saturday the assassination of the governor of Huellas, Edwin Dagua Ipia, one of the main leaders of the Nasa people.

The victim was one of the six authorities that make up the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN in Spanish) and had received multiple death threats.

‘It is one of the hardest blows that communities face in recent days, in a municipality in which in less than eight days there has been 10 homicides,’ ACIN denounced.

A statement sent to the press and quoted by the local newspaper El Colombiano said that Dagua Ipia was characterized as ‘a young guard, liberator of the mother earth and community leader, known by his humility.’

The native leader was attacked with gunfire by unknown individuals.

Last weekend, two other leaders of the indigenous peoples of Colombia were murdered, in these cases from the Awa people, based in the department of Nariño, located in the southwestern corner of Colombia, bordering Ecuador.

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