When Colombian police discovered a military grenade on terminally ill Punk Rock musician Luís Alberto Velásquez Molina he was sent to prison.
Many of the Medellin’s punk rockers however believe there’s something very fishy about the police version of events and took to social networks to tell the world about False Positives – a practice endemic inside Colombia’s armed forces where innocent civilians are framed so police and military can collect commissions.
Its not every Sunday that the priest of a rural Colombian city called Tunja begins his sermon with a story of an illiterate Indian girl who grew up in the shadow of the British Empire.
The 8th of September was not a normal Sunday.
For the three weeks previous farmers from the province of Boyaca and its capital Tunja had blocked the roads to strangle the food supply en route to Colombia’s biggest city Bogota.
On Colombia’s largest TV news source Caracol there is a segment called ASI SE MUEVE LOS REDES or THIS IS HOW NETWORKS MOVE which parades tweets that are trending and memes making rounds around social networks.
During the national agrarian strikes that engulfed the country this segment became a tool to whitewash what was really moving on social networks and manufacture consent to conform with claims deliberately belittling the size of the protests.
Chekhovs Kalashnikov looks at why one of the most viral videos of the national agrarian strikes in Colombia, that of an anonymous youth known as the “Joven Herido,” was whitewashed by major networks but identified thanks to the tireless work of citizen journalists.
Today on Chekhov’s Kalashnikov we are going to talk with Luis Xavier Solis Tenesaca who works for the Comittee of Human Rights of Orellana in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This organization which works closely with UNHCR is in charge of protecting and defending some of the worlds most vulnerable and forgotten people – refugees that have fled Colombians civil war in search for asylum and a better life in Ecuador.