CUPE Manitoba Global Justice Committee member Denyse Lambert, also a member of the national GJ Committee, joined a demonstration for peace in Colombia in Winnipeg on March 6.
The march was organized by the Latin America Solidarity Alliance and endorsed by KAIROS (Cambrian-Agassiz Region), the Student Christian Movement, The Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Conference of the United Church of Canada and the Manitoba Oblate Justice & Peace Committee.
Thousands of Colombians have been forced into exile during a civil war that has been raging since the 1960s. Several hundred of them now live in Winnipeg.
Colombia is one of the most violent countries in the world and the most dangerous for trade unionists.
To oppose the Canada-Colombia free trade negotiations: www.clc-ctc.ca .
Fact sheet on Colombia
With notes and photos from Manitoba GJ committee staff adviser Dennis Lewycky.Thousands have been forced into exile.Over two million Colombians have been internally displaced, most fleeing to the shantytowns surrounding the largest cities.Most at risk are human rights workers, indigenous leaders, trade unionists and political activists. About 100 people per day, mostly civilians, die as a result of the conflict.