Today, the Portland-Colombia Working group assembled in Pioneer Courthouse Square to honor victims of U-S funded violence in Colombia. The event is part of the 2007 National Action Day on Colombia.
According to the group, the U-S has provided over Five (B) billion dollars since 2000 to Colombia, mostly in military and police aid. Only the middle east ranks higher in terms of a destination for U-S military aid.
Amnesty International U-S-A has cited numerous human rights abuses by the Colombian Military and has called for a cut-off of U-S Military aid to that country. The victims include union leaders, church workers and non-violent activists. Supporters of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (oo-REE-bay) have been linked to right-wing militias responsible for much of the violence.
KBOO news spoke today to Beth Poteet (po-TEET) of Witness for Peace Northwest, an organizer of the event:
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