A councilor and community leader murdered in southern Colombia

A councilor and community leader murdered in southern Colombia
A councilor and community leader murdered in southern Colombia

The councilor of the municipality of San Vicente del Caguán, in the Colombian department of Caquetá, Luis Eduardo Cedeño García was murdered this Saturday by heavily armed individuals. The politician was shot by armed men in front of his home. He was taken to San Rafael Hospital, but succumbed to the severity of his injuries. Cedeño belongs to the Liberal Party and had been elected councilor for at least five terms, according to the Colombian public broadcaster RTVC. The Institute of Peace Studies (Indepaz) has confirmed the news and highlighted that he was “a recognized political and community leader.” The victim had repeatedly reported threats from illegal groups, despite the fact that he did not have a security escort scheme. The mayor of San Vicente del Caguán, Luis Trujillo Osorio, has “categorically” condemned this attack “and all acts of violence against any public servant.” The Departmental Assembly of Caquetá has deeply regretted the murder. “As a Corporation we call for reconciliation and respect for the lives of those who are at the service of the community. Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends,” he published. The Liberal Party to which Cedeño belonged has also expressed its “pain” over the murder. “We stand in solidarity with his family, we accompany them in his pain. We demand guarantees from the government and the authorities and to find the murderers of our councilman,” the group noted. With this death, there are now 67 social leaders murdered in Colombia so far this year, according to the Indepaz count, which recalls that the Iván Díaz Front of the Central General Staff (EMC) of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has a presence in the area. Colombia (FARC), the Second Marquetalia guerrilla and local gangs.

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