Colombian Protest Anniversary Marked with Violent Clashes

Protesters have clashed with police in numerous Colombian cities on Thursday, marking the first anniversary of a revolution against outgoing President Ivan Duque.

Protesters in hoods threw stones, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at riot police in Bogota, Medellin, and Popayan.

In response to the projectiles, police used their tear gas, flash bombs, and non-lethal ammunition to diperse the protesters.

Several protesters were detained at the National University in Bogota while one protester was wounded in the eye.

According to a UN report from 2021, 46 people have died in last year’s clashes in Colombia, mostly civilians and two police officers.

In UN’s 2021 report, the Colombia office conducted over 620 interviews with victims and witnesses, and studied  83 videos, including mobile phone footage of the protests and related incidents.

The Colombia staff also held around 878 meetings with government officials, civil society representatives and protestors. 

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