Posted by International Alliance of Waste Pickers
Written by Planeta Verde
Region Latin America
October 15, 2020
Translated by Abrapalabra Co-op
While Liliana Ospina Corrales, a waste picker by trade from the Planeta Verde Cooperative, was making her route to provide waste recovery public services, the neighbours and the community of Sector Los Remansos, neighbourhood of San Antonio de Pereira in Rionegro (Antioquia, Colombia) witnessed the violent acts committed against this waste picker, who was beaten and threatened with sharp weapons by an official from Ciclo Total company. As a union, we raise our voices so that our Human Rights are respected, and so that neither Liliana, nor any other waste picker, will ever again have their physical integrity violated, nor their right to life and to work. It is important to remember that Ciclo Total company was sanctioned by the Superintendency of Residential Public Services for failures in the use of the public cleaning service in Rionegro and other municipalities. We invite you to join the campaign #YoSoyLiliana.
— Planeta Verde (@coplanetaverde) June 10, 2020