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Canada Colombia: thousands of indigenous people in Bogota to demand to see the president

07:45  19 october  2020
07:45  19 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

Demonstrations of indigenous communities in Colombia, Chile and Bolivia

 Demonstrations of indigenous communities in Colombia, Chile and Bolivia © Luis ROBAYO The demonstrators, members of the indigenous community of Colombia, move towards Cali (southwest), October 12, 2020 Thousands of members of indigenous communities in Colombia, Chile and Bolivia demonstrated on Monday, the day to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the American continent and the national holiday in Spain.

Indigenous people and students take part in a protest against the government of the Colombian president , Iván Duque, in Bogotá , on 4 December 2019. The incident infuriated demonstrators and led strike organisers to demand the dismantling of Esmad, Colombia ’s feared riot police squadron

Indigenous peoples moving towards Bogota , Colombia , Oct. The Ombudsman's Office offered its headquarters in Bogota so that Colombia 's President Ivan Duque can meet with thousands of Indigenous people and farmers who are marching towards the city as part of the "Collective Action in

Des indigènes colombiens affluent à Bogota pour réclamer un entretien avec le président Ivan Duque, le 18 octobre 2020 © Raul ARBOLEDA Indigenous Colombians flock to Bogota to demand an interview with President Ivan Duque, October 18, 2020

Thousands of members of indigenous communities from Colombia flocked to Bogota on Sunday to demand a meeting with President Ivan Duque and denounce the wave of violence shaking their territories.

"We demand guarantees for life (...) and that they respect the peace agreements" agreed in 2016 with the former Farc guerrillas, Hermes Pete, head of the Indigenous Regional Council of the State of Cauca.

Des indigènes colombiens affluent à Bogota pour réclamer un entretien avec le président Ivan Duque, le 18 octobre 2020 © Raul ARBOLEDA Indigenous Colombians flock to Bogota to demand an interview with President Ivan Duque, October 18, 2020

The protest movement began on October 10 in southwestern Colombia and gradually moved towards the capital .

Thousands of indigenous people start protest march

 Thousands of indigenous people start protest march Against the backdrop of escalating violence, thousands of Colombians went on a march to the capital Bogotá. There they want to put pressure on the government of Iván Duque.

Indigenous people inhabited the territory that is now Colombia by 12,500 BCE. Some groups of indigenous people such as the Caribs lived in a state of permanent war, but others had So, Bogotá became one of the principal administrative centers of the Spanish possessions in the New World

Thousands of protesters marched in Cali on Thursday as part of the national strike against the social and economic policies of Colombian President Demonstrators can be seen chanting, holding signs and displaying banners, deploring the President 's policies. Duque, who is facing demonstrations

Some 7,500 members of indigenous communities have arrived in Bogota.

Presidential adviser Miguel Ceballos nevertheless affirmed that it was not possible to meet the Head of State and offered talks at a lower level.

"The subject is not to be discussed with ministers but with the President of the Republic", insisted on his side, Hermes Pete.

If Ivan Duque "does not show up in Bogota, we will go back (...) and we will act," Mr. Pete warned on Tuesday, alluding to possible blockages of the Pan-American highway linking Colombia and Ecuador.

The mayor of Bogota Claudia Lopez, for her part, welcomed the protest movement and asked the president to listen to the demands of the indigenous communities.

On Monday, a former community leader and his wife were shot dead in Suárez, Cauca state, according to indigenous representatives.

The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (Onic) denounced the fact that at least 167 indigenous people have been assassinated since the arrival to power of Ivan Duque in 2018.

The disarmament of the Farc has made it possible to reduce the intensity of the conflict, but the country remains confronted with violence from the National Liberation Army (ELN), the last active guerrilla, as well as drug traffickers.

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