5 of us went into the Consultate right at the start, leafletted staff and visitors (of which there were hardly any) then left the building.
A good 25-30 people turned out in total, with black flags and a banner condemning Nicolas' murder. Passers by and visitors were leafletted for about 2 hours, raising the issue. The text of the leaflet (about 200 handed out) follows
Our ideals and struggle will never die
Today, we are protesting for the brutal murder of Nicolas Neira, beaten to death by members of the ESMAD (anti riot police) during the Mayday demonstration in Bogota, Colombia. Nicolas, only fifteen years old, was beaten by these murderers until he received such a severe brain damage that he died, after spending some days in a coma. This brutal deed can not remain unpunished!
It is evident that the Colombian state is an acting part of the situation of violence that the civil population is suffering. The recent massacre of San Jose de Apartado, in which the army slaughtered 8 members of the peace community, is another example of this. The state proves true to its repressive nature. And its mercenaries, in the army and the police, are playing their role of ending all dissidence.
However, the social movement calling for a peaceful Colombia is getting stronger every day. The civil population is making clear that neither the army, the guerillas nor the paramilitary are answering their desires for social justice. In this situation, organized anarchism is growing in Colombia. And in this situation the cops used a fifteen years old child to send a message to everyone hoping for a peaceful and free country. A message of death and fear….
But our dreams, our desires can not be killed. After years of terror and fear the need for peace, the yearnings for social justice can not be kept back any more. We are together in this struggle with our Colombian comrades, because we too are part of this dream. The dream of a world without place for deeds like this.
Our solidarity comes too late for Nicolas. We can only hope that his death is not left unpunished. We can only hope that there won’t be any need for a concentration like this any more.
Peace, liberty, social justice….Anarchy in Colombia.