Almost 380 of Colombia’s anti-government protesters ‘disappeared’ in past week

The missing persons unit of Colombia’s transitional justice system raised the alarm on Thursday that 379 participants in anti-government protests of the past week have gone missing. The Missing Persons Search Unit that is part of a transitional justice system came to the alarmingly high number after cross-referencing the databases of some 26 organizations. TheContinue reading “Almost 380 of Colombia’s anti-government protesters ‘disappeared’ in past week”

Indigenous Colombians topple conquistador statue in capital

Indigenous people in Colombia on Friday knocked down a statue of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, who founded the capital Bogota, as protests against the government continued. Photos shared on social media showed members of the Misak indigenous community standing on the empty pedestal in the center of Bogota with the statue lying onContinue reading “Indigenous Colombians topple conquistador statue in capital”

In Colombia, death toll following protests mounts as unrest continues

The government has come under fire from international groups for its heavy-handed response to the protests. Colombia entered its eighth day of national anti-government protests, with police firing tear gas at crowds in the capital, Bogotá, after they attacked a police station. There have been 24 confirmed deaths so far, about half of which have beenContinue reading “In Colombia, death toll following protests mounts as unrest continues”

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”

Colombia protests: UN ‘deeply alarmed’ by bloodshed in Cali

The United Nations’ human rights office has accused Colombia’s security forces of using excessive force against protesters. The UN said it was particularly shocked by events in Cali on Monday, where it said police had fired on protesters. It said that fatalities had been reported but it not yet been able to verify how many.Continue reading “Colombia protests: UN ‘deeply alarmed’ by bloodshed in Cali”

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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