▲ Funeral of the minor Breiner David Cucuñame (image on the right), killed while guarding lands of the Las Delicias indigenous reservation, in the department of Cauca. Photo Afp/ACIN

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Newspaper La Jornada
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, p. 23

Bogota. Two suspects in the murder of Breiner David Cucuñame, 14, were arrested, the Indigenous Guard reported yesterday, at a time when the crime attributed to the dissidents of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla provoked national outrage.

The jurisdiction will determine the degree of participation in the homicide, committed last Friday when the minor was carrying out surveillance work with other indigenous people, all armed with canes, in the Las Delicias indigenous reservation, in the municipality of Buenos Aires, department of Cauca, one of those most affected by the violence after the peace process with the FARC, in 2016.

Indigenous guard Guillermo Chicame also died in the attack, while four others were injured, confirmed the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca. Residents of the area alerted the Indigenous Guard of the presence of armed men, belonging to the Jaime Martínez column, a FARC dissident.

Jorge Luis Vargas, police commander, pointed out that the alleged perpetrator of Cucuñame’s murder would be a new leader of that structure, identified as Andrés or El Indio, for which we are working with the military forces to locate him and bring him to justice. as soon as possible.

Condemning the death, President Iván Duque tweeted that the government will support the prosecution to quickly clarify the fact; The United Nations human rights delegation condemned the armed attack against the indigenous guard.

The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) mentioned that Breiner Cucuñame is the second environmentalist assassinated in the first days of the year, followed by the land-protecting social leader Luz Marina Arteaga, in the department of Casanare.

Indepaz denounced that at least 1,288 social leaders and human rights defenders have been assassinated since the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the FARC in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Félix Plasencia, called on international organizations to intervene in Colombia for the murder of social leaders in that nation.

In this context, Ingrid Betancourt, a former congresswoman and victim of a FARC kidnapping between 2002 and 2006, made her official candidacy for the presidency of Colombia by the Centro Esperanza Coalition.