Between the Guerrillas and the State: The Cocalero Movement, by María Clemencia Ramírez,Andy Klatt

By María Clemencia Ramírez,Andy Klatt

Responding to strain from the U.S., the Colombian executive in 1996 intensified aerial fumigation of coca plantations within the western Amazon sector. This crackdown on illicit drug cultivation sparked an rebellion one of the region’s cocaleros, small-scale coca manufacturers and harvest employees. greater than 200,000 campesinos marched that summer time to protest the heightened probability to their livelihoods. Between the Guerrillas and the State is an ethnographic research of the cocalero social flow that emerged from the rebellion. María Clemencia Ramírez makes a speciality of how the move spread out within the division (state) of Putumayo, which has lengthy been topic to the de facto rule of guerrilla and paramilitary armies. The nationwide govt portrayed the world as uncivilized and disorderly and refused to work out the coca growers as something yet criminals. Ramírez chronicles how the cocaleros demanded that the kingdom realize campesinos as electorate, offer simple prone, and aid them to transition from coca transforming into to felony and sustainable livelihoods.

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