Canadian arms exports add to arsenal used against indigenous people, unionized workers, social activists


--photo: David Hogben Police with a Canadian-produced armoured personnel carrier stationed along the Panamerican Highway check a busload of Colombians.

–Photo: David Hogben
Police with a Canadian-produced armoured personnel carrier stationed along the Panamerican Highway check a bus passing through a frequent conflict zone.

Weaponized armoured personnel carriers have been produced in Canada and shipped to a military base near the Colombia-Venezuela border, while others have been sold to the national police and stationed in the southern department of Cauca where they are used frequently in conflicts over land with the indigenous Nasa people.

TradeTalk, the magazine for the B.C. Building Trades, published my story about my search for the Canadian-manufactured armoured personnel carriers sold to the Colombian military and national police.Tradetalk-Colombia (June 2015)S

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

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