Meanwhile in the Aguán, More Military Terror Campaigns Against Campesinos

Call and demand a stop to the terrorization and criminalization of the campesinos.
Colonel German Alfaro Escalante, Commander of Xantruch III: 011-504-3396-4477

Below is an English translation of a MUCA Alert [from Greg McCain] regarding further persecution of campesino leaders of the La Panama community. (El original en español sigue el inglés)

Alert: Operation Xatruch takes up a manhunt of campesino leaders of the Panama community in the Lower Aguan

Members of Operation Xatruch under Colonel German Alfaro Escalante and acompanied by security guards of Miguel Facussé have, on the 2nd of December, taken up a manhunt in the afternoon of members of the Campesino Movement Refundación Gregorio Chavez ( MCRGC ) , in the community of La Panama in the town of Trujillo, Colón .

The persecuted are leaders Santos Marcelo Torres and Leodan Cartagena Castillo both MCRGC members who have been active in land recuperation in the Finca Paso Aguán which is in the possession of the landowner Miguel Facusse .

Alexis Mirinda, also a campesino leader, was arrested this afternoon by members of the army. He received psychological torture to pressure him to give information about the whereabouts of the above mentioned peasant leaders.

Clearly there is a wave of persecution and manhunts against the peasant leaders fighting for the land in the region of Aguán, for this we alert national and international agencies and human rights defenders to maintain their readiness for any outrages against the community of Panama, specifically against its leadership.

Alerta operación Xatruch realiza cacería humana a dirigentes campesinos de la comunidad Panamá en el Bajo Aguán

Miembros de la operación Xatruch al mando del coronel German Alfaro Escalante y en compañía de la guardia de seguridad de Miguel Facusse, han realizado este día 2 de diciembre una cacería humana a partir de horas del mediodía, a miembros del Movimiento Campesino Refundación Gregorio Chávez (MCRGC), en la comunidad de Panamá en el municipio de Trujillo, Colón.

Los perseguidos son los dirigentes son Santos Marcelo Torres y Leodan Cartagena Castillo ambos miembros del MCRGC, quien han participado activamente en la recuperación de tierrasde la Finca Paso Aguán la que está en posesión de terrateniente Miguel Facusse.

Por lo que elementos del ejército detuvieron esta tarde a Alexis Mirinda también dirigente campesino quien recibió tortura psicológica para presionarlo a que diera información sobre el lugar donde se encontraban los dirigentes campesinos antes mencionados.

Es evidente la ola de persecución y cacería en contra de los dirigentes campesinos que luchan por la tierra en la región del Aguán, por lo que alertamos a los organismos nacionales e internaciones defensores de derechos a que se mantengan pendientes de cualquier atropello en contra de la comunidad de Panamá, específicamente de su dirigencia.

Para más información
Santos Marcelo Torres
Dirigente campesino del MCRGC
Cel: 9503-3404

Leodan Cartagena Castillo
Dirigente campesino del MCRGC
Cel: 9760-6684

Movimiento Unificado Campesino del Aguan
Facebook: Movimiento unificado Aguán
Skipe: movimiento.unificado


Bajo Aguan solutions

The Palm Oil monospeciated plantations of rows of Palmus Africanus are the prime agricultural money crop throughout the watershed of the Aguan River and while this production could be processed, refined and sold in country this palm oil is exported from the country at the Puerto Castilla container port in large tankers.

The Aguan is clogged at multiple locations along its course with huge trees, logs and timbers that sank during the last three hundred and fifty years of logging operations on this watercourse. It was formerly known as the Roman River on the old British maps. Moving cut mahogany logs and rafts to the mouth of the River at Santa Rosa de Aguan was a real chore. Logs literally became saturated with water in all cell spaces and sunk into the murky water and eventually settling into sedimentary banks and pools where the inert, anoxic environment has preserved these primary growth logs in a pristine state.

The salvage of these long forgotten logs would go a long way to establishing a source of revenue for these disenfranchised campesinos. There would need to be a few boat operators, a few divers, some tug type boats to transport the logs along the waterway to an acceptable landing where the logs would be winched up a track, moved to a scrub/pressure washing area to remove mud, gravel, sand that might have imbedded into the wood--the outer bark would be long gone.

This is an asymmetric solution and I would welcome the opportunity to present it further--