As Colombian protests dissipate, activists hit by wave of arrests

Colombia’s Primera Linea protesters accuse authorities of using arrests, prosecutions to weaken the push for change. Alejandro Gaitan awoke to the sounds of strange voices and heavy boots outside his home in the Colombian city of Armenia, about 280km (173 miles) west of the capital Bogota. Moments later, five police officers burst through the frontContinue reading “As Colombian protests dissipate, activists hit by wave of arrests”

‘Egregious’ police abuse against Colombian protesters: Report

Demonstrations have been held in Colombia’s capital after protest leaders called on people to “Take Over Bogota”. What started as anger over proposed tax reform has turned into weeks of unrest against inequality. And a new report by Human Rights Watch is criticising the police response, after at least 20 protesters were killed. Al Jazeera’sContinue reading “‘Egregious’ police abuse against Colombian protesters: Report”

Colombia protests: UN calls for investigation into Cali deaths

The UN’s human rights chief has called on Colombia to launch an independent inquiry into the deaths of anti-government protesters in the south-western city of Cali. The city has been the epicentre of protests against President Ivan Duque and 14 people are reported to have died in recent days. Michelle Bachelet said those responsible shouldContinue reading “Colombia protests: UN calls for investigation into Cali deaths”

Colombia deploys military to Cali as protester death toll mounts

Four people die in and around protest-hit Cali as talks to end month-long demonstrations remain stalled. Colombian President Ivan Duque has deployed military troops to the western province of Valle del Cauca and its capital, Cali, after four people died in protests that marked a month of anti-government demonstrations. The four died in and around CaliContinue reading “Colombia deploys military to Cali as protester death toll mounts”

Oil Companies Close The Taps As Fear Of Civil War Grows In Colombia

Key Latin American U.S. ally and the region’s fourth-largest oil producer Colombia finds itself rocked by anti-government protests which are now into their third week. This has even reignited fears of renewed civil war in the strife-torn Andean country. Colombia’s anti-government protests began with a national strike on 28 April 2021 called by various civil society andContinue reading “Oil Companies Close The Taps As Fear Of Civil War Grows In Colombia”

Colombia enters third week of anti-government protests

Protesters are calling for end to police violence and more economic support during pandemic, among long list of demands. Anti-government protests have entered their third week in Colombia, as union members, students, pensioners and more took to the streets to protest against recent violence and demand economic assistance in the pandemic-hit country. Thousands of people gathered inContinue reading “Colombia enters third week of anti-government protests”

UN condemns ‘excessive use of force’ by Colombian police after 19 killed during fierce protests

There have been global calls for calm as Colombia deploys ‘excessive force’ during protests. The international community on Tuesday decried what the UN described as an “excessive use of force” by security officers in Colombia after numerous deaths during days of anti-government protests. The United Nations, United States, European Union and rights bodies joined a chorus ofContinue reading “UN condemns ‘excessive use of force’ by Colombian police after 19 killed during fierce protests”

Protests in Colombia turn deadly: police massacres ‘at least 8’ in Cali

Police massacred at least eight people in Colombia’s third largest city, Cali, in response to protests against President Ivan Duque, human rights defenders said Friday. In a press conference, Cali human rights organizations said they were able to confirm the assassination of eight people and were in the process of verifying another six police killings. The peopleContinue reading “Protests in Colombia turn deadly: police massacres ‘at least 8’ in Cali”

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