Colombian indigenous leader shot dead by hitman


A Colombian indigenous leader has been shot dead outside his family home in the Colombian city of Riohacha, in the northern province of la Guajira.

Luis Alfredo Socarrás Pimienta of the Wayúu tribe was allegedly shot by a paramilitary hitman who then fled the scene. Following the murder, leaflets were distributed listing the killers’ next targets, which include the names of up to twelve Wayúu people.

Socarrás Pimienta had led several demonstrations over the past year in protest against abuses of the Wayúu’s rights. His death follows the murders of ten indigenous people in la Guajira this year alone.

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