Venezuelan and Colombian Borders: Peace Territories

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Source: ALBA Movimientos / The Dawn News / March 5, 2018

The Love Policy took place on March 2 in the State of Tachira (Venezuela) with a public ”hug” where Venezuelan and Colombian people strengthened their collective resistance. This was the second day of the Uniting Peoples for the Peace Encounter.

Delegations of over 2.000 people from different regions of Colombia and Venezuela travelled to the State of Tachira to assist the Encounter. They witnessed the closure of the event with artists like Dame Pa Matala, Sandino, Campesinos Rap, Cultores Rebelados, Che Guerrero and Tocayo Vargas.

The stage, located on Bolivar Avenue, gathered social processes and artists from both nations. Tachira, located in the border with Colombia, is one of the influence locations of the Venezuelan opposition. Throughout the concert, graffiti artists intervened the opposition’s advertising with wall paintings regarding peace and social resistance.

This Encounter also counted with the presence of Tachira’s Mayor Office. The attendees visibilized and supported the reality of the Venezuelan society, and later denounced that this is product of an attempt of foreign intervention with the objective of destabilize the country economically.

The government of Colombia has a key role in the construction of this crisis as the political ally of the USA and the international right. “The first thing we must understand regarding Venezuela, is that there is an effort on behalf of the people to come out of this crisis caused by an international and financial attack. There is not even one mass media that says the true, that Venezuela is paying the highest interest rate of the world, a 44% of interest on any loan”, stated the Venezuelan economist Oscar Javier Forero during the worktables developed in the first day of Uniting Peoples for the Peace.

 

Cucuta: The reflection of the historical crisis of Colombia

Cucuta, as a neighbour city, has been the first one to feel the impacts of the crisis in Venezuela. Most of the Venezuelan migration to Colombia enters through this territory, but what most afflicts this territory is paramilitarism and trafficking (in all its variants).

The biggest health center of this city, the Erasmo Meoz University Hospital, is at the edge of bankruptcy for a debt of over 42.000 billion on behalf of the Health Promoter Entities -EPS-. Unemployment rose to 15.3% during September. For this reason, informal labor rose and insecurity increased due to the apparition of new illegal drug markets managed by paramilitarism. Also, poverty belts keep rising since the Police Code criminalized the right to work.

To all of this it is added the political violence that intensified in the last years with the reconfiguration of parapolitics, represented by former Mayor of the city Ramiro Suárez, who controls the territory from jail. The current Mayor, César Rojas, is following the path of his predecessor.

Down below the closing statement of the Uniting Peoples for the Peace Encounter:

“It is imperative for the youth to play a fundamental role in the edification of our Peace borders, generating participatory mechanisms where they have a proactive, executive role while projecting their individual and collective formation towards the transformation of the current reality but with ethical values and respect. Also, a fundamental base for the construction of a hopeful future, is the figure of the struggling women, the shapers of our lives as political and social subjects.”

 

 

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