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A family in mourning after an indigenous man is killed in clashes with security forces in Colombia.
Eduar Fabian Guetio is one of two victims of burgeoning violence in the volatile Cauca region after indigenous activists stormed a hill-top military base a few days ago.
Activists are demanding that soldiers - and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC rebels - leave the mountainous area so they can rebuild their lives after years of bloodshed.
They continue to maintain a roadblock in Caloto but an army commander said the violence had subsided.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARMY BRIGADE COMMANDER, CORONEL JOHN MESA, SAYING:
"We sent police and army reinforcements to control the situation. It's calm now. We are hoping they will reach an agreement."
Acitivsts and government officials are now planning to hold talks to end the dispute with the UN High Commission for Peace also negotiating between the two sides.
But the rebels remain a strong force in the region with this bridge destroyed early on Friday in a suspected FARC attack.
The rebel group has been holed up in the inhospitable jungle region for decades, despite successive government efforts to dislodge them.
Sunita Rappai Reuters