Colombian Judge Allows Drug Spraying To Resume 

Colombian Judge Allows Drug Spraying To Resume 
Posted by FoM on August 06, 2001 at 19:23:46 PT
By Juan Pablo Toro, Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press 
A Colombian judge ruled Monday that the U.S.-backed fumigation of drug crops could resume in Indian lands in the Amazon. Eleven days before he had ordered it suspended. Judge Gilberto Reyes had ordered a temporary suspension of the aerial fumigations on July 27 after the Organization of Indian Peoples of the Colombian Amazon alleged the herbicide glyphosate was causing health problems and environmental damage. Reyes said he ordered the suspension to give the Indian group time to back up its claims with evidence. The group did not provide evidence and Reyes revoked the suspension order, said the judge's assistant, Jaime Ardila. 
Jorge Rojas, of Paz Colombia, a group of Colombian non-governmental organizations, said the decision would be appealed. U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson indicated Monday that drug-crop eradication was key to continued U.S. support for Colombia's anti-drug efforts. "I am very scared that if the fumigation in Colombia doesn't continue, we won't give the level of assistance that Colombia needs," she told journalists. The aerial fumigation is a major component of President Andres Pastrana's Plan Colombia, which Washington is supporting with $1.3 million in aid. The effort is aimed at reducing crops that produce cocaine and heroin and denying income to leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries who earn a fortune by "taxing" the drug crops. Gen. Gustavo Socha, chief of the Colombian anti-narcotic police, said Monday's ruling affirmed the government's claim that the fumigation flights are not harmful. "They don't cause any harm to the health of people or the environment," Socha said. U.S. officials say the herbicide, manufactured by the U.S. company Monsanto and sold as common weedkiller under the name "Roundup," is safe. Opponents say it is causes skin, respiratory and intestinal illnesses and harms Colombia's diverse ecosystems. Since the U.S.-funded fumigation began under Plan Colombia in December, 123,500 acres of coca have been sprayed. The goal for the end of 2001 is 197,600 acres. Complete Title: Colombian Judge Allows Drug Spraying To Resume on Indian Lands in The Amazon Source: Associated PressAuthor: Juan Pablo Toro, Associated Press WriterPublished: Monday, August 6, 2001 Copyright: 2001 Associated Press  Related Articles & Web Site:Colombia Drug War News Sharpens on U.S.- Backed Drug Sprayings Judge Suspends Fumigation of Coca Fields Articles - Glyphosate 
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Comment #2 posted by New Mexican on August 06, 2001 at 21:23:49 PT
Excellent Point!
And that just about covers the whole subject! That is really all you can say...utter hipocracy and in black and white! 
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Comment #1 posted by Prohibition is Dumb! on August 06, 2001 at 19:59:32 PT
Prohibition is Dumb!
Cannabis must remain ILLEGAL, until it can be "proven"absolutely safe.Spraying tens of thousands of acres of crops withchemicals must remain TOTALLY LEGAL, until it canbe proven dangerous.More drug-war hypocrisy and stupidity from thepea-brained prohibitionists.
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