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”

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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