Attacks on Coca Production During Coronavirus Pandemic Amid Curfew in Colombia

The government is flying in armed missions in several regions. Coca farmers are caught between state violence and loss of livelihood.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Even in times of pandemic, President Iván Duque makes no exceptions in the fight against coca growing by small producers.

Despite the nationwide curfew enforced by Duque on March 24th as a protective and preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus, massive military operations to eradicate coca plantations have been underway for about a month.

These include the departments of Antioquia and Chocó, Norte de Santander, Nariño, Putumayo, and Caquetá. There, military personnel and operatives have been flown into the remote and therefore difficult to access areas, sometimes by helicopter, to extract and . . .

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