Colombian Natives Lash out at Army: Reports
    2012-07-18 10:52:11     Xinhua       Web Editor: dingxiaoxiao

Colombia's indigenous Nasa community Tuesday lashed out at a Colombian Army outpost in southwestern Cauca province, as the military refused to leave their land as requested, an army general said.

About 1,000 natives gathered early Tuesday at the army's hilltop communication station in the town of Toribio and physically harassed the soldiers, Colombian Army Gen. Humberto Jerez told local Caracol Radio.

"They burnt the soldiers' food, they pushed them, and they yanked them" in an attempt to force them to withdraw, Jerez said, adding the soldiers were ordered not to retaliate against the unarmed natives. So far no injuries have been reported yet.

TV footage showed angry local residents surrounding the soldiers, and grabbing some of them by the hands and feet and dragging them several meters away from the site.

To counter intensified attacks from the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the government has launched a military operation in the Cauca, the stronghold of the rebels.

Indigenous groups in the province have been petitioning the government since last week to withdraw the armed forces from the region, claiming their anti-rebel operations only provoke more violence.

But President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon rejected their request, saying the government was instead to boost military presence in the area to protect civilians.

The president also said social programs would be undertaken to head off influence of the leftist rebels in Cauca.

The FARC guerrillas have stepped up attacks on Toribio since last week, leaving more than a dozen people wounded and many residents fleeing their homes, officials said.

Jerez said the soldiers were attacked from two sides.

"While we are experiencing the mistreatment of soldiers by the indigenous, the guerrillas are besieging the troops," he noted.

Local media said that native communities in the region want both sides to leave their land.

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