San Martin is one of the municipalities in the country where oil extraction based on fracking technique is planned to take place; something which the community wants to prevent at all costs, and therefore the population has been mobilizing since December 2015. They are currently preparing towards the second national day against fracking in Colombia and also making preparations to hold a referendum.
Last June 16 died in Cali the prominent mathematician and Marxist intellectual Guillermo Restrepo Sierra. The community of the Universidad del Valle is still mourning because of this painful loss: for years, this professor has encouraged social struggles and academic debate in the largest university of South Western Colombia. From the distance, this is my humble tribute to him.