Aníbal Coronado

Aníbal Coronado, community and environmental leader of Ciénaga de Oro and excandidate to the council of that municipality, was killed by two men who shot him several times from a motorcycle until he died.

The events occurred around 2:00 p.m., in the village of Santa Lucía (Ciénaga de Oro), when the leader was on his way to pick up his children from school.

Months before, Coronado had reported that residents of the municipality’s wetlands were appropriating these lands in the region and that this endangered the ecosystems.

The community leader was recognized by the local authorities and communities in the area for having aspired to the Ciénaga de Oro Council, for the Democratic Center party in the last elections.

For their part, the authorities reported that the leader had previously denounced threats. Coronado had told the local media on several occasions that his life was in danger because of his reporting work.

Members of the Democratic Center spoke on their social networks. The former president and now senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez lamented the leader’s murder and highlighted through his Twitter account that “the candidate denounced corruption in flood control contracts.”

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Date of Killing:18/02/2016

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Comunidad de Santa Lucia Municipio de Ciénaga de Oro

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Environmental Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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