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A week after the violent demonstrations that left at least 13 dead in Bogotá due to the repression, different social and political sectors took to the streets again to raise their claims to the government of Iván Duque.

With a caravan of vehicles, the mobilization called by Colombian unions and social movements to protest against the police brutality, against the murder of social leaders and the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Colombia.

A week after the violent demonstrations against abuses by the public force that left at least 13 dead in Bogotá and the neighboring town of Soacha, different social and political sectors took to the streets again to raise your claims to the government by Iván Duque.

“We are in one of the beginnings of the caravans here in Bogotá with the workers, educators and students that we are demanding against bad policies President Iván Duque, “said Senator Jorge Robledo, from the left-wing Polo Democrático Alternativo party, from a rally point in the south of Bogotá.

Robledo assured that as a congressman he is called to accompany the citizenry and demand “guarantees of the public force” in the “democratic struggles”.

They have joined the mobilization from their vehicles, adorned with balloons and Colombian flags, demonstrations in cities such as Medellin, capital of the department of Antioquia, and Bucaramanga, capital of Santander, among others.

The local authorities of Bogotá, where thousands of people are expected to participate in the eight activities called for today, between sit-ins and mobilizations, asked citizens if they go out to protest do it peacefully.

“We want to reiterate that from the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá we respect the right to social protest, which is a constitutional right, in a legitimate way, without violence and without destroying Bogotá,” said the mayor. Claudia Lopez in a statement.

The president participated this morning in a Security Council in which he remembered with human rights entities and with the National Police that there will be no transfers of the demonstrators in a “state of alteration” to the Immediate Attention Commands (CAI) or to police stations.

“As long as there is peaceful protest, the available force will be on one side and the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) will not be present. At the slightest act of vandalism, it has authorization to intervene. without lethal weapons “, stressed the mayor.

The Bogotá Mayor’s Office reiterated that the city “does not want to experience the painful events of September 9 and 10“, for which he called for mobilizations” without violence, without abuses, without vandalism “and authorized that coexistence managers, the Dialogue Group of the Government Secretariat, the Personería and the Ombudsman’s Office accompany the day.

“We want to ask all citizens who are going to participate in this event to do so peacefully and that we avoid acts of violence, “said the Secretary of Security of Bogotá, Hugo Acero.

On September 9, protests for the death of Javier Ordóñez, 46, after a brutal arrest by two policemen in Bogotá, unleashed violent demonstrations in several cities of the country against police abuse, days in which at least 10 people lost their lives victims of gunshots in the capital .

Between September 9 and 10, 72 CAI of the Police were the target of vandalism and of these 33 were burnedIn addition, there were hundreds of injuries among civilians and members of the public force.

The National Unemployment Committee, a national movement that since November last year has been calling for demonstrations by unions and other groups in society, insisted today that the mobilization, which was initially only called as a national caravan, must be peaceful.

Source. EFE and AFP

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