“Free Simon Trinidad, Peace for Colombia”: demonstration outside the prison

Demonstration
Monday, September 21st, at 11:00 AM,
on State Route 67 in Florence, CO
in front of the U.S. Government Super Max Penitentiary

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For further information contact:
Mark Burton: markburtonlaw@unseen.is  303-517-1187 Simón Trinidad’s U.S. attorney Tom Burke:  info@freericardopalmera.org  773-844-3612 National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad)

Denver, CO —  Friends and supporters of Simon Trinidad will demand “Free Simon Trinidad, Peace for Colombia” at a demonstration outside the prison where he is being held on Monday, September 21st at 11:00 AM.

Trinidad, also known as Ricardo Palmera, is being held in solitary confinement at the U.S. super max prison in Florence, Colorado.

Trinidad is a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a guerilla insurgency that has been fighting the Government of Colombia for over 50 years.  The armed conflict is now the longest ongoing war in the hemisphere.

Since 2012 peace negotiations have been going on in Havana, Cuba where significant progress towards a final peace agreement is being made, according to both the Colombian Government, and the FARC.

Trinidad, a former university professor, has been a FARC peace negotiator and was involved in other peace talks between FARC and the Colombian Government, including peace negotiations in San Vicente del Caguan, Colombia in 1998-2002.

When the current round of talks began in 2012, the FARC named Trinidad as one of their top five negotiators.  The FARC says it cannot conclude an agreement without Trinidad’s presence at the talks in Havana.

Spokespersons for the Colombian Government, on different occasions, have said that their government has no problem with the release of Simon Trinidad in order to facilitate the on going peace negotiations.

The demonstration on September 21 outside the prison will call for President Obama to release Trinidad so that he can take his place at the ongoing negotiations in Havana.

On Sunday, September 20th at 6:00 PM a public informational meeting on Simón Trinidad and the Colombian Peace Process will take place at the Posner Center, 1031 33rd St, Denver, CO 80205.

Background information on Simon Trinidad and the peace negotiations can be found here:

  1. Simón Trinidad Could Bring Peace to Colombia — If He Can Get Out of America’s Toughest Prison
  2. BBC interview with Sergio Jaramillo, Colombia High Commissioner for Peace: “FARC leader should be part of peace deal”
  3. Background info on Simon Trinidad and interview with his lawyer Mark Burton: Simon Trinidad, Imprisoned, Connects with Colombian Peace Process
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