After the death of a Colombian man repeatedly pushed by the police with a stun gun, which stopped him and there were riots and protests across the Andean nation. The country’s defense minister said that the protests continued on Thursday morning and at least seven people were killed and more than 150 were injured.
Javier Humberto Ordóñez, a 46-year-old lawyer and father of two, was allegedly in violation of coronovirus social distancing rules when he got involved in a dispute with police early in the morning.
In a video posted on social media with friends, Ordóñez can be heard shouting, “Please, not anymore, I am having a lot of trouble” as two police officers stop him with his knees on his back And kept teasing him again and again. Ardonz was taken into police custody on Wednesday, where family members alleged he faced more police misconduct. He died soon after in the hospital.
Colombia had a six-month coronavirus epidemic lockdown, which began in late March with stricter restrictions. Relaxation two weeks ago.
The protesters took to the streets in Bogota on Wednesday afternoon, destroying the small police station responsible officials were in the Engetawa neighborhood west of the city. Violence continued and spread in the early hours of Thursday.
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez called the police brutality “unacceptable”, but also condemned the violence in Bogota that led to the deaths.
The distraught-looking mayor said in a Twitter video early Thursday, “Yesterday, Bogotá woke up with pain, protesting the death of a civilian due to misconduct by police.” “But today we wake up with not just one, but three dead, killed in protests and escalating violence … Destroying Bogota is not a fix for the police.”
Colombia’s defense minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, said seven people died in the riots in Bogota on Thursday, with more than 150 civilians and police injured throughout Colombia.
As news of the alleged police vandalism spread, protesters took to the streets not only in Bogota on Wednesday night, but also attacked police stations and public transport infrastructure in Medellin, Perera and Ibegu cities.
Trujillo said, “Reports of incidents in the past hours reveal torture and vandalism. These incidents have cast a shadow on society as they have claimed human lives.”
The government announced that the two officers involved had been suspended pending an investigation, and an autopsy would be performed on the Ordonez.
‘An important event’
The latest unrest comes two days after unsuccessful attempts by workers’ unions to revive protests against President Ivan Duc’s economic and social policies that brought tens of thousands of people to the streets in late 2019. The government responded with a heavy response, armed riot police on the streets and curfew in major cities.
Sergio Guzman Al Jazeera, political analyst and director of Columbia Risk Analysis, said, “With the November protests last year, the government took action to eliminate them and the coronaviruses, a lot of social anger that was originally occurring in Colombia Puts a lid on it. ”
“I think that because the government has not just misrepresented this whole issue, it has misrepresented it [recent action] Threatens to blow up as a really important event. ”
He said that the current protests not only reflect anger and frustration over police actions, but also about the lack of political will to investigate wrongdoings.
“I hope this is the beginning of a big round of political unrest that is coming together with governments planning to open up the economy, so it’s going to be a big set in some of these plans,” Guzman said.
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“There is a lot of dissatisfaction about unresolved issues that were pacified because of the sanctions,” said Jimna Sánchez-Garzoli, Andes director for the Office of Washington, a Latin America (WOLA) advocacy group.
“It was not necessary to use and fight unconscious guns after they were clearly unarmed by attorneys. The inconsistent use of force in Colombian police forces is not a new problem nor is the misuse of weapons to protest or spread peace.”
Human Right Watch (HRW) America also criticized the police’s handling of the protests.
“We have received serious reports of excessive force by members of Bogotá’s police,” HRW America director Jose Miguel Vivanco said on Twitter.
“Citizens have every right to protest and they should do so in peace.”