An Afro-descent leader from the Chocó department in western Colombia was murdered by suspected paramilitaries on Tuesday evening, according to the National Agriculture Coordinator.
“The paramilitaries murdered our dear comrade Patrocinio Bonilla,” denounced the peasant organization, which did not give the name of the armed group responsible for the crime.
According to Blu Radio, the events occurred while the victim was working with other colleagues in the Emparaidá Gorge in the Santa Rita community, cutting wood and the alleged paramilitary forces arrived. They took 15 people, including Bonilla, and later released them all except him, who was allegedly shot.
Bonilla, a member of the National Board of the National Agrarian Coordinator, was a prominent activist in the area.