[Marxism] Riots over electoral fraud in Colombia
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Wed Oct 31 06:48:01 MDT 2007
Justice for Colombia
Date of article: 31 October 2007 | Author: Justice for Colombia
Riots hit Colombia
Allegations of fraud in Sunday's regional elections in Colombia have
caused protests around the country including serious rioting in some
towns. Already one protester has been killed and the army has been
sent into the streets to restore order. In Sucre department huge
protests are being held against alleged vote rigging that ensured
that a candidate linked to paramilitary groups was elected as Governor.
According to Colombian daily newspaper 'El Tiempo' the protests are
aimed almost exclusively at candidates from pro-government parties
and particularly those from the 'Party of the U', the political party
closest to President Alvaro Uribe. Major protests include:
# Rioting in Cienaga de Oro in Cordoba department against the
election of Plinio D'Paola of the 'Party of the U'. At least 20
people have been injured and 18-year-old Luis Roberto Bedoya was shot
and killed. Protesters chanting that the elections were rigged in
favour of the pro-Uribe candidate burnt down municipal government
offices as well as the home of Mr D'Paola's parents.
# The army has been sent into the town of Cimitarra in Santander
department to quell protests against the election of pro-Uribe Herman
Rodriguez Guerrero as mayor. The protesters, who have destroyed the
mayor's residence, are also alleging fraud.
# Government offices have been torched in Alto del Rosario in Bolivar
department during protests against the election of Emiro Antonio
Carpio of the 'Party of the U'.
# Clashes with police have also occurred over claims that 'Party of
the U' candidates were fraudulently elected in Orocue (Casanare
department), Florida and Pradera (Valle department), Castilla la
Nueva and San Carlos de Guaroa (Meta department) and Galapa and Alto
del Rosario (Atlantico department).
# In the town of Regidor in Bolivar department, violence also erupted
on Sunday when residents confronted politicians who were bringing
carloads of voters in from the neighbouring departments of Santander
and Cesar to vote in the town.
# El Tiempo reports (read here) that protests have occurred in at
least seven other towns.
Perhaps the biggest protests have occurred in Sucre department where
serious allegations of fraud have been made concerning the election
of Jorge Barraza as the new Governor of the department. Police and
soldiers have been firing into the air to try and disperse
demonstrators in the city of Sincelejo and the towns of Sucre and La
Barraza, also of the 'Party of the U', has received the backing of
three politicians who are currently in jail for their links with
paramilitaries and was listed in a recent investigations as having a
'high risk' of paramilitary connections. The opposition Liberal Party
has threatened legal action if his apparent victory is not declared
null and void.
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