Misak indigenous people tried to justify their violent attack against Semana magazine: “The media manipulates and is complicit in the war”

From the Rosario square, called Plaza Misak by this movement, they referred to the protests against the media - credit Indigenous Authorities of the South West / Image taken from Facebook
From the Rosario square, called Plaza Misak by this movement, they referred to the protests against the media – credit Indigenous Authorities of the South West / Image taken from Facebook

Through a press conference, held on October 4, the spokespersons of the Misak indigenous community spoke about the invasion of the Semana magazine facilities, together with indigenous people from the Nasa and Pijao communities, within the framework of the day of demonstrations in favor of the Government’s reforms, on September 27.

The statements were given at 8 in the morning, in the Rosario square, considered by the community as ‘misak square’. From there they gave their reasons for attacking the Semana building, and stated that their purpose was “recover the truth to recover everything”according to what the press conference statement says.

The spokesmen’s intervention was marked by statements such as “We are the force of history, bothering the media power, we are the truth that cannot be bought, manipulated, murdered.”

There they mentioned that “we speak directly and without fear to the accomplices of the war (…) we have understood that what is politically correct does not always solve structural problems, “When national newspapers set the country on fire, they delegitimize our struggles and manipulate the collective conscience, provoking hatred and violence against the most vulnerable.”

According to the speech, the attack against Semana occurred in part as a result of a note that was published on September 28, in which it was stated that these communities had “knocked down fences to try to reach Nariño’s house,” as reads the headline of the note.

However, for the indigenous people, this note was published without “any type of investigation, with the political purpose of using our actions to attack the Government of comrade Gustavo Petro,” the group assured.

Furthermore, he added that this article was a component that was added to “the multiplicity of publications that seek to attack an alternative Government that confronts the power structures. In response, we decided to protest at their facilities, demanding the truth for our movement,” the community spokesperson emphasized, while insisting that this was an “act that responded to a collective political mandate to recover everything.”

The statement read was a clear statement against policies such as the past Democratic Security of former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, who was also strongly pointed out at the press conference. Furthermore, it was stated that some media have been favoring the actors of the war who have attacked indigenous communities, while manipulating society, even since the times of the conquest.

This is why, according to the statement, they will continue to fight for the truth. “We have decided to confront all injustices, wherever they come from”, declared the spokesperson for the Misak, who also stated that in his community “They can no longer deceive us, we are no longer afraid. “The country will know that the media manipulates and is complicit in the historical war against which we fight.”

In their affront against the media, the Misak mentioned that society thinks that “those who have the right to question are those who have the power, the money and the monopoly of the media, who in many cases enjoy impunity for their information.” irresponsible and biased.” It was also considered that freedom of the press must be present, but that the voice that is heard is the one that satisfies the “interests of its owners” and that, due to this, “their opinion lives in a state of permanent censorship,” the AISO spokesperson.

The other interventions of the different spokespersons revolved around topics such as the conservation and care of the Misak culture, the reaffirmation of its historical significance, its traditions and the protection of its territories.

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