Colombian troops have begun their work in the southwest Colali City in Cali after the President Ivan Duque promised to restore order after the deadly violence erupted in the midst of anti-government protests.
Thousands of people traveled through Colombia on Friday to register one month of the demonstrations, which were initiated by tax reform now and since then I have grown bigger a long list of requirements.
The streets of Cali, the third-largest city in the country with a population of 2.2 million, became quiet on Saturday, just hours after protests, police and civilian casualties killed several people.
Mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina said in a video message that at least 13 people died on Friday, though he also said it was unclear whether all the deaths were “fully connected to the protests”.
“The day of the disaster has claimed many lives,” Ospina said, adding that at least 34 people were also reported injured.
A confirmation of the causes of human cleansing is expected to be announced Sunday, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said.
In another case on Friday, a representative from the attorney general’s office in Cali said an unemployed detective had shot dead a group member, killing an civilian, before being beaten by protesters.
Video footage showed a man lying in a pool of blood and a neighbor holding a gun; that man was arrested by a mob.
“In the south of the city, we have experienced a real war and almost an urban war in which many people have not only lost their lives, but also seriously injured,” Cali security secretary Carlos Rojas told Caracol radio earlier Saturday.
Cali came out earlier this month as the focus of a national exhibition team, with some exhibitors setting up barriers to accessing oil and other goods.
Negotiations between the government and protest leaders, including party leaders who have formed a boycott committee, have been suspended.
Violence has erupted in the protests and many people have been killed so far, according to human rights groups, who say the Colombian police use excessive force.
Friday, Duque he announced he was sending troops to the Valle del Cauca region and to Cali, its capital, after the death threats.
“From tonight onwards there will be a mass deployment of police officers in Cali and Valle counties,” Duque said in a televised message.
Jose Miguel Vivanco, director-general of the Americanas division at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Saturday that Duque’s efforts to restore order in the region “do not include dialogue, avoid extremism and respect for human rights”.
“A major failure that can have irreversible consequences,” he said he wrote.
One day earlier, the United Nations office for human rights in Colombia he explained worries of death, promoting “peace and non-violence”.
Elizabeth Dickinson, Colombia’s chief investigator at the International Crisis Group, also tweeted that “the risk of escalating violence in #Cali is too high”.
“THERE is NO war or war in this world. But both sides are trying to find a solution, “he wrote on Friday, adding that Colombia was” at the end of a new war. “
Meanwhile, protesters in Colombia have vowed to continue their protests.
“Until the government hears us, we must stay on the streets,” 23-year-old politician Alejandro Franco told Reuters news agency from the capital, Bogota.
Franco said he was on a quest for better education and health, among other things. “If the people are not at peace then they are also in government,” he said.
Let me be clear: the risk of increased violence in #Cali it’s too high
There is no war or war strategy in these situations. But both sides are trying to find one
Without being intimidated, we are just moving forward in the new war
– Elizabeth Dickinson (@dickinsonbeth) May 28, 2021
Sandra Borda, an analyst and expert on the exhibition, told the Associated Press that there were difficulties in representing the state, which has limited operating space, and the National Strike Committee, which does not represent all the constituencies.
“We are facing a problem that I do not think will be solved anytime soon, because the only thing that the government can address is the whole operation of the military and therefore they are continuing to try to solve this problem with a strong hand,” he said. .
“The more soldiers there are, the more anger, the more anger, and the more fuel for the protests.”