Sunday 19 September 2021

3 Dead, 122 Injured In Protests Against Colombian President Ivan Duque

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Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday confirmed that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350 municipalities across the country.

A policeman points a gun at a woman who is trying to leave the protest zone, Colombia, Nov. 21, 2019. | Photo: Twitter/ @ConElMazoDando

Trujillo also acknowledged that 53 raids were made, 98 people were arrested and another 207 protesters were “taken” to police stations.

While authorities were trying to justify police repression as a necessary response to halt “the vandals”, Colombians uploaded videos and photographs in which the police officers’ behavior can be observed.

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Among those graphic records of police brutality, for instance, are photographs in which the Mobile Riot Squadron (ESMAD) members hit a woman in her face. There is also a video that shows more than five policemen kicking and beating a couple in downtown Bogota.

In a tacit reference to what happened in Bogota, Manizales, Cali, and Cartagena, the Defense Minister said that the police have already opened 11 investigations related to allegations of “possible irregularities.”​​​​​

“Security forces acted with legitimate force”, Trujillo insisted and held they helped restore order.

“Details surrounding the deaths are also under investigation,” the Minister added.

The Thursday (November 21) national strike was called by the country’s main organizations of workers, farmers, students, and social activists to express growing discontent with Duque’s administration, which has been incapable of stopping corruption and the murder of human rights defenders.

Like what has been happening in other Latin American countries – Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela –  Colombian protests were systematically hidden yesterday by local mainstream media, which used different communication tactics to minimize the magnitude of citizens’ discontent.

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In the coming days, demonstrations are expected to continue with different intensities and modalities.

Despite the obvious social and economic costs of his agenda, Duque is still trying to impose his policy package, which seeks to eliminate the state-based pension fund, increase the retirement age and hire young people with salaries below the minimum wage.​​​​​​​

Former presidential candidate Gustavo Petro called for another demonstration on Friday afternoon, urging people to bang pots and pans in Bogota’s central square.​​​​​​​

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Article originally appeared on Today Colombia and is republished here with permission.

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