Manuel Rozental, a surgeon and founder of the Canada-Colombia Solidarity Campaign, was forced to leave Colombia in the late 1980s. He resides in Toronto but is based in Colombia. The following is from an interview with NOW.
"The Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca has proposed a democratic popular alternative to the conflict in the country, both by denouncing the institutional illegitimacy of the state as a corporate transnational regime and by developing alternatives. These are based on ancestral principles - coexistence with Mother Earth and between diverse peoples.
"The threats [I am facing] mean pain and profound sadness as a result of being forced away from home and from a collective effort that is the seed of transformation. The threats are a result of successes that menace those intolerant of popular and indigenous initiatives. Intolerance is certainly pervasive in Canada. The Canadian establishment and society are late in examining their own behaviour with regard to their place in the world. Iraq, Haiti, Colombia, the FTAA, in fact the whole institutional foreign policy needs to be challenged."