Afro Colombian Activist Francia Márquez Mina Survives Attack

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Award-winning Afro Colombian activist Francia Márquez Mina survived an assassination attempt on May 4 as she prepared to meet with government officials to discuss a treaty established with the Minga Indigenous people.

Márquez Mina, who won the Goldman Environmental Prize award in 2018, was with a group of activists in the northern Cauca region of Colombia when four armed assailants attacked them with guns and grenades. “We are okay and the injured are receiving medical attention,” the environmental activist tweeted.

Pablo Elías González Monguí, the director of the National Protection Unit (UNP), praised the team that protected Márquez Mina and other activists during the attack. Three UNP escorts were injured during the ambush but not severely so, the organization said in a statement.

Colombian President Iván Duque said he ordered authorities to find the men responsible for the attack, CNN En Español reported….

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