COLOMBIA: new website allows people to easily report illegal batidas (press gangs)
A new website has been launched to allow people to easily report illegal batidas (press gangs) that happen on the streets of Colombia. http://batidasreport.net/ allows you to easily upload stories and pictures, and will list batidas that have occurred, especially in Antioquia and Cundinamarca.
Conscientious objectors are particularly at risk of forced recruitment in batidas, because they do not hold a libreta militar, given to conscripts at the end of their military service. Young men have their cards checked by recruiters before being taken away in batidas, and those who can prove they have already been in the military will not be recruited.
Batidas Report, batidasreport.net