Leader of Displaced People Killed in Colombia

BOGOTA – The president of an association of displaced people in northeastern Colombia was murdered inside her house in the city of Bucaramanga, the Alternative Democratic Pole, or PDA, party’s committee in Santander province said Sunday.

Elizabeth Silva Aguilar was murdered by some hooded men who “entered her humble dwelling” on Friday in Bucaramanga, the capital of Santander, the PDA said.

Silva Aguilar, a member of the leftist party, was the head of the Association of Homeless and Displaced People in the city, the PDA said.

The non-governmental organization is made up of people affected by the internal armed conflict who settled in Bucaramanga’s Villas de Girardot section.

“This is another murder in the long chain of crimes and intimidation against this community,” the PDA said, adding that neighborhood residents resorted to the courts to prevent their eviction and got a ruling in their favor.

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