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Leader Leyner Palacios denounced that he received new threats – Other Cities – Colombia

The social leader and survivor of the Bojayá (Chocó) massacre, Leyner Palaciosrevealed that he received new threats against him.

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“I am very afraid and I am going to hide so that they do not kill me, I do not want them to see my coffin full of my unjustly murdered body, it is another loot of impunity, I have understood that the threat is the door to the cemetery,” Palacios revealed in his account. Twitter.

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Palacios did not provide further details of the new threats made against him. Neither did he request protection from the authorities. He was clear in saying that he was going to take refuge to save his life.

In a recent interview with BOCAS magazine, Palacios spoke of the documentary ‘Bojayá, between crossfires’, which was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the massacre perpetrated by the paramilitaries on May 2, 2002. In the audiovisual material he, his family and community are the protagonists.

As reported by EL TIEMPO, the 81-minute documentary was an initiative of five families from Bojayá, who through an Irish production company and the Pacific Inter-Ethnic Truth Commission (CIVP) decided to give the victims a voice. The documentary “has made it possible to heal some of the wounds that this indelible scar produced in the memory of Palacios.”

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A soldier makes a presence in Bellavista Viejo, the abandoned urban area, where the massacre of May 2 was commemorated.


Julian Rios Monroy. TIME

Leyner Palacios was born 46 years ago in Pogue, very close to where the massacre took place. As a lawyer, social leader and former Truth Commissioner (a position he held for two years), promotes reparation and reconciliation processes for the 19 Afro and 34 indigenous communities of the municipality affected by the events.

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This medium highlighted in that interview that Palacios was honored in Oslo during the delivery of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize and won the Global Prize for Pluralism in 2017.



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