Two social leaders killed While attending a family party in Ituango, in the Antioquia (northwest), department, the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz) reported on Sunday. These are the first known murders since President Gustavo Petro came to power, who took office on Sunday (August 7th) as the successor of Iván Duque, whose administration has dramatically increased the murders of social leaders.
According to Indepaz, the victims, identified as Uber Eliécer Tapias Jaramillo and Ferdi Leandro Tapias, were members of the Community Action Board (JAC) of the village of Quebradoncita in the municipality of Ituango. Tapias Jaramillo was the current president of JAC, and both were part of the Comprehensive National Program on Illegal Crops Substitution (PNIS).
Both were at the family reunion this Sunday at dawn. a group of armed men came and killed them.
Authorities are investigating the facts and there is currently no official hypothesis, but some local media have pointed to the possible authorship of the Klan del Golfo in recent weeks. started a murder spree It was called the ‘Pistola Plan’ against Colombian public power.
The Office of the Ombudsman has warned that murders are occurring in this region, a crime used by illegal armed groups as a form of social control. According to Indepaz figures, 114 social leaders and human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia so far this year.