Edwin Legarda, the husband of indigenous leader Aida Quilcué, from the Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca (CRIC) (Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca), was shot and killed by soldiers of the Colombian Army at a roadblock this past Tuesday in the southwestern part of the country. The UN has strongly condemned the death and called on local authorities to investigate the crime and "urgently implement mechanisms to protect the work of indigenous leaders" in Colombia.
CRIC believes the assassination was meant to target Aida, who has gained national exposure by helping lead several protests against the Colombian government in the past months. The marches - organized in various districts of Colombia - demand an end to violence against indigenous activists and the return of ancestral lands to indigenous communities.
Here's Aida speaking at one of these rallies on November 25 in Bogotá (she starts at 4:20). This video was originally uploaded to YouTube by user Lcondorkogi:
Many of these protests have been met with violence by Colombian forces. This video from CricColombia documents some of those abuses over the past year (please be advised of graphic imagery):
If you're interested in learning more about CRIC's history and goals, watch this interview Aida Quilcué gave to Italian group ASUD last month:
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