Death threats and armed operations issued by intercultural people in Guarayos, Santa Cruz, are manifestations of an increase in violence in land conflicts that have earned the condemnation of the bodies of state and require extensive and urgent action because these acts can be a preview of a more serious situation.
The death penalty for “businessmen who own land,” formed by the Federation of Intercultural Communities of San Julián Norte and recently disclosed in a document delivered to the press, as well as the previous proclamation of fugitives from justice that “now (they) are going to grab weapons and (they are going) to enforce respect,” cannot be explained without a context that guarantees impunity for the perpetrators of violent intervention in land trafficking.
Because impunity exists, as evidenced by the fact that the man who threatened a “second agrarian revolution” a few days ago, clearly not peaceful, was “one of the most brutal” accused of attacking a delegation of police, journalists, and the Las Londras property in Guarayos more than two years ago.
That person, like the other four defendants in that case, got the benefit of house arrest, which allowed them to move freely and even to continue taking property with violence, as evidenced by the cases of at least two of those reported.
The release, ordered by a judge, of two suspects—one of whom has valid evidence of firing—in the shooting death of a young man in Pailitas last weekend amid a confrontation with land is another evidence of this framework. with impunity.
This lowering of the judicial authorities with the violent people involved in land conflicts “undoubtedly gives (…) a sense of peace to those who break the law and who are part (…) of those criminal organizations,” the Vice Minister of the Interior Regime said on Monday.
This impunity and armed violence in land conflicts deserve urgent and strong action from the state because, as the director of the Tierra Foundation recalled a few years ago, “armed groups in Colombia were born as rebel groups demanding land for the poor” and “Sendero Luminoso, in Peru, was born in the mountains demanding land for farmers.”
Therefore, the condemnation expressed by the Ministry of Government of the death threats and violent proclamations issued by the interculturalists, as well as the ex officio action of the Santa Cruz Prosecutor’s Office against their authors, are signs that the state bodies are willing to impose respect for the rule of law in the country.