Violent events that occurred in Juan y Medio frustrate voluntary return of the displaced

The natives and Afros who are sheltered in Riohacha had said on Saturday that they were willing to return, but everything changed.

Senator of the Republic says that the area is controlled by groups outside the law and the displacement is the largest in La Guajira

A considerable change has occurred in the process of return of the Wiwas and Afro-descendants who arrived at the municipal seat of Riohacha, after the violent displacement to which they were subjected by groups outside the law linked to drug trafficking activities at the end of last February, when they faced gunfire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, disputing the hegemony of the area that is an important corridor along the foothills of the mountains with access to the sea.

Martha Peralta Epieyu, Senator.
Martha Peralta Epieyu, Senator.

On Friday and Saturday, the natives, through their spokespersons, had indicated that they were ready to return to their plots on their own and taking risks because they were bored of waiting for solutions and pronouncements from the public order and security committee of the capital. , and nothing had been achieved despite having spent more than three months staying in improvised shelters in the urban area of ​​Riohacha.

On Saturday they told this news outlet that if they had a truck to transport them on Sunday, they would return to their territory, but that Sunday no trucks arrived, but in the afternoon hours in the town of Juan and Medio and rural area of Tomarrazón, Two new homicides occurred.

They were two men dedicated to field work and who apparently in recent times had been dedicating themselves to lumber sawing in the region. Several residents in the town maintain that José Eugenio Charris Acostaknown as Geño, and Carlos Eduardo Pedrozathe two men shot to death at approximately 4:30 on Sunday afternoon, were citizens who had not had any problems with anyone in the region.

There is no official control in the area

The senator of the Mais party and member of the Historical Pact, Martha Peraltaspoke out about the situation of violence in this region in a clear and energetic manner, indicating that “Neither the Police nor the administrative authorities of La Guajira and the district of Riohacha have control over the situation that is occurring in this sector of the Department, where those who impose control are the outlaw gangs linked to drug trafficking. that now have a transnational presence”.

The Ombudsman Yeison Deluque maintains that the violent events that occurred change the entire existing panorama for the return of the displaced.The Ombudsman Yeison Deluque maintains that the violent events that occurred change the entire existing panorama for the return of the displaced.
The Ombudsman Yeison Deluque maintains that the violent events that occurred change the entire existing panorama for the return of the displaced.

The policy of the Wayuu ethnic group indicated that in this sector of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta that is disputed by criminal organizations, the two most important criminal gangs are present, which are Clan del Golfo and the Pachencas or Conquistadores de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Santa Marta. The president of the Seventh Commission indicated that there are also violent people from the ELN guerrilla group, the AGC and other organizations.

Public Ministry says that the panorama is changing

The representative of Riohacha, Yeiner Deluque Guerrastated that it is undeniable that with the violent events that occurred on Sunday afternoon in the Juan y Medio village, the panorama that was being presented is modified and the possibility of voluntary return that the natives themselves had announced is put aside.

The lawyer from Riohachero and Personero in the Capital District says that they receive information from the community that they do not want to speak publicly for fear of the reactions of the violent, in the sense that, in those populations, the presence of armed men who are not from the area and who cause a lot of fear among the locals.

Inhabitants of towns like Tomarrazón, which is a little further down from the epicenter of the violence, indicate that, although the latest homicides did not occur there, on Sunday night the community was already inside their houses at seven o’clock at night and On the remaining days everyone is packed in so when eight or nine at night arrives, there is no one on the streets of the township.

The authorities have made these statements after a security council held in Riohacha to analyze the violent situation that occurred on Sunday afternoon in the Juan y Medio village, where, in addition, the strategies that would be put in place to confront the wave of violence that occurs in the region.

The events that occurred and the statements of the community leaders put an end to the versions of the control authorities, who on some occasions said that in the area where the armed confrontations occurred, there was full official control, which is now in doubt judging by the violent events of the weekend.

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