Thousands Protest in Colombia Against Police Brutality, Massacres

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By Sinikka Tarvainen, dpa

“Their killing us”. From a protest earlier this month in Baranquilla, Colombia. Vanexa Romero /EL TIEMPO

HAVANA TIMES – Thousands of Colombians throughout the nation on Monday demonstrated in opposition to police brutality, massacres and labor insurance policies. They attempt to revive final 12 months’s protests after a pause imposed by the pandemic.

Commerce unions and scholar and civil society organizations had referred to as for automobile caravans and marches. Caravans created visitors jams in Bogota, whereas protests had been additionally held in no less than eight different cities, broadcaster Caracol reported.

Police put the entire variety of contributors at practically 5,000.

Some individuals reportedly stoned riot police in Bogota, however no main incidents had been initially noticed through the demonstrations. The demonstrations adopted three days of violent protests in the second week of September.

These rallies had been sparked by the alleged killing of a person by two Bogota law enforcement officials who accused him of violating coronavirus restrictions.

The following rioting claimed 13 lives amid accusations that police had fired indiscriminately at demonstrators.

Thousands of police had been deployed in Bogota to forestall additional unrest on Monday. Police Chief Oscar Atehortua stated police would not use firearms.

Demonstrations referred to as by commerce unions passed off on September 7. A five-month quarantine was lifted in the tip of August, and organizers try to revive large-scale anti-government protests that rocked the nation late final 12 months.

Name to cease the massacres in the nation

Along with protesting police brutality, demonstrators on Monday referred to as on President Ivan Duque’s authorities to cease massacres by armed teams.

Greater than 60 massacres have claimed over 240 lives in Colombia to date this 12 months, in response to the NGO Indepaz. The victims embody 11 individuals reported killed in two massacres in the southern Cauca and Narino departments on Sunday.

The protesters additionally criticized a authorities decree that they noticed as making it simpler for employers to pay staff by the hour, and demanded higher pension rights and well being care.

Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez in the meantime introduced the tip of most coronavirus restrictions in the capital, stress-free guidelines on when completely different financial sectors might function.

She additionally scrapped an obligation on retailers to restrict the variety of prospects by letting individuals in based mostly on odd and even identification card numbers.

Colombia has confirmed greater than 770,000 coronavirus infections, the sixth-highest quantity worldwide. Over 24,000 individuals have died.

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