Letter from Vicenta Moreno of the Permanent Assembly of Black Women in Cali

(En Español)

I am deeply thankful for the hugs, expressions of affection, and accompaniment during this moment of immense pain caused by the loss of my brother due to the structural violence that affects our territories every day.

Early this morning, Saturday, June 4, my brother Gregorio Urbano Moreno Hurtado was murdered. He was a sensitive 38 year old man who tried to stop the murder of a youth who was being followed by an armed man. The young man tried to take refuge at a party that my brother was attending.

When Gregorio pushed the armed man who entered the house, the man shot him in the heart and killed him.

Now we are here together among family and friends confronting this very deep pain.

As a family, we have worked with the community from the moment we arrived in this territory. However, we were unable to escape the reach of the acts of violent death that surround the territory.

Although this case is directly associated with issues related to neighborhood violence and it is not related to my presence in the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, I consider it another way of sentencing the black population of Colombia to death. It is a situation that is not far from what the people of Buenaventura are living through.

Therefore, even though I am currently in the District of Aguablanca, I continue to be in the Permanent Assembly for the abuses that Buenaventura is being submitted to.

With affection,

Vicenta Moreno

I AM FOR BUENAVENTURA!
THE PEOPLE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!
FOR BLACK PEOPLE!
THE PEOPLE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!

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