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No.11, junio 2012

Gallery of Remembrance Assaulted, Censored, and Threatened on April 9 in Villavicencio, Meta


April 12, 2012

Translated by IPO

The National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) denounces the events that occurred in the city of Villavicencio, Meta, on April 9, the Day of Remembrance and Solidarity with Victims, as observed according to the Victims’ and Land Restitution Law. During this event the memory of victims of state crimes was censured, assaulted, and threatened, by sabotaging the Gallery of Remembrance.

On the afternoon of April 8, members of the MOVICE Meta chapter arrived at the Álvaro Mesa arena in Villavicencio, where the Day of Remembrance and Solidarity with Victims was to take place the next day. The chapter wished to hang a banner with images and accounts of the victims of state crimes in Meta, so that it could be viewed during the ceremony. However a Police Captain told them he had instructions not to let them hang the banner or enter the arena.

That night, the chapter was informed that they would be allowed to enter the arena. But the next day, when they arrived at 7:00 AM with their banners, police officers read each one before allowing them to enter. The police also prevented the entry of markers and poster boards, stating they wished to avoid any signs that discredited the government or the president.

Moreover, a group of victims that had arrived from the municipality of Lejanías, Meta, with posters from their remembrance ceremony, which they were not allowed to bring in to the arena. In their case, the police told them they were not allowing any type of poster inside. Thus the images of their loved ones, the victims from Lejanías, were left behind out in the rain while the event took place inside.


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