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Macayepo massacre

The Macayepo massacre occurred in October, 2000 resulting in the slaughter of fifteen peasants from Macayepo in the southern region of Bolivar Department, northern Colombia. It was one of a series of massacres perpetrated by the Colombian paramilitary bloc Heroes de los Montes de Maria, a unit of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), to obtain control over the area around the Montes de Maria mountains. The massacre also involved congressman Alvaro Garcia Romero who was subsequently accused as a possible mastermind of the massacre.

The area represents a centralized strategic path to travel easily to any department of the Caribbean Region. The area had been disputed since 1998 by nearly 80 paramilitaries commanded by Rodrigo Antonio Mercado (aka "Pelufo" or "Cadena") with nearly 300 guerrilla fighters from the 35th and 37th fronts of the Caribbean Bloc of the FARC-EP guerrilla, led by alias Martin Caballero.

Between February 2000 and January 2001 the AUC was responsible for at least five major massacres in the area including the Macayepo Massacre, El Salado Massacre on February 18, 2000 and the Chengue Massacre on January 17, 2001, resulting in more than 100 deaths and 4,000 forcedly displaced people.

The Massacre

The group of 80 paramilitaries entered the area of the Montes de Maria from the corregimiento of El Aguacate and into the corregimiento of Macayepo where they held 15 peasants and beat them to death with sticks, machetes and stones.

Telephone recording

Investigations regarding the massacre were carried out by the Human Rights Unit of the Attorney General Office of Colombia.

A cassette recording surfaced containing a telephone conversation registered on October 6, 2000 at 18:55 p.m. between senator Alvaro Garcia Romero and a landowner of the area named Joaquin Garcia. It reveals them code talking a priori in reference to the Macayepo events.

See also

20062007 Colombian parapolitics scandal

List of massacres in Colombia

External links

Fuerza Aerea Colombiana - Masacre de Macayepo

Indymedia.org - Masacre de Macayepo


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