the delegation of 30 canadian activists and unionists currently touring Colombia as part of a solidarity campaign to support the war-torn country's human rights movement might not be registering on the radar screens of the mainstream press back home, but other eyes are watching. And they're far from friendly.Campaign coordinator Manuel Rozental learned this the scary way last week when he found his luggage ransacked in the Hotel Bacata room in Bogotá where six of the delegates had stored their belongings, according to the Canada Colombia Solidarity Campaign. Curiously, only Rozental's luggage was opened, and nothing was stolen. NOW was unable to reach Rozental in Colombia.
Toronto spokesperson Justin Podur says this act is clearly a threat aimed at intimidating the Canadian delegation, which includes NDP MPPs Rosario Marchese and Peter Kormos.
Podur says both Canadian embassy and Colombian government officials have indicated to him that they are taking steps to increase protection for the visiting delegation.