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Colombia: how the bodies of the disappeared appear

Colombia. For several weeks now, they have begun to appear in the rivers, mainly in the Cauca and in various areas where there has been a strong social mobilisation, bodies of young people killed and dismembered, many of them in plastic bags.

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Colombia: People Set Fire to Police Station in Medellín in Response to Police Rape

Medellín. Colombia. A few days ago, during the anti-government protests in Medellin, Colombia a 15 year old girl was raped by the police. On July 2, groups of feminists set fire to the police station with Molotov cocktails.

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Colombia: Chronicle of Cali, capital of the resistance

Colombia. In Cali, the epicenter of the protest against Iván Duque’s right-wing government and the Uribist narco-state, the authority of the State is being questioned, while a collective conscience and real popular power are built. Indigenous peasants converge at places or points of resistance in the neighborhoods and the oppressed multitude appears, reclaims its territory. The foundations of a revolution are laid. Young people neglected by the State find recognition on the front lines. They are stepping up and risking their lives to defend the dreams of a more just Colombia, while the repression of State and parastatal forces intensifies. Every night, new cases of assassinations are reported and several NGOs have denounced the discovery of mass graves.

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Usme, Bogotá, Colombia: Dozens injured in twelve hours of repression

Bogotá. Usme. Colombia. May 27. 2021. This Wednesday, May 26, police repression was brutal in the protests that took place in Usme, in the south of Bogota. The police attacked the protest at 11:00 a.m., however, the demonstrators remained in the streets for almost twelve hours. This day resulted in cases of people missing, threatened and almost 200 got injured.

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Bogotá, Colombia: The Portal of Resistance and dignified rage

Bogotá. Colombia. May 24. 2021. “You are a liar, talking shit. The cops are breaking into houses every night and gassing without caring if there are children, elderly or sick” a protester at the Portal de la Resistencia (Portal Américas) said to the Secretary of the Government of Bogotá, Luis Ernesto Gómez, after he did not accept any responsibility for the abuses that have been committed against protesters during the National Strike at this location.

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The Final Straw Radio: Colectivo Subversión on Protest in Colombia and Global Battles for Dignity

This week on the show we are pleased to present an interview with María Kamila, who is a teacher and a popular journalist who works with the anarchist Colombian journalism and counter-information collective in Bogotá called Subversión.

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Reportback: A night of protests in Bucaramanga, Colombia – Banners, helmets and masks, posters, rags and badges, Resistance!

Bucaramanga. Colombia. May 20. 2021. The collective outcry of thousands of people who have filled the streets of the main cities and different municipalities of Colombia for 23 days echoes from the walls of houses, buildings, the asphalt of the streets and government institutions.

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Colombia: Demonstration and brutal repression in Bucaramanga on May 19

Colombia. Bucaramanga. May 19. 2021.The city of Bucaramanga experienced a complicated day after security forces violently repressed demonstrations by residents this Wednesday, May 19. Human rights organizations reported more than 30 people injured, including one person with an eye injury from an ESMAD (Colombian riot cops) weapon, and several arrests in the Bucaramanga metropolitan area.

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“Instead, We Became Millions” – Inside Colombia’s Ongoing General Strike

Colombia. Despite brutal state repression, Colombia’s general strike has continued strong now for 23 days. The revolt has largely been leaderless and solidarity has expanded to include an impressively wide array of Colombian society: Indigenous and Afro-Colombian movements, queer and trans people, workers, students, people whose precarious employment has been lost to the pandemic. As in many other recent uprisings around the world, this one has been driven first and foremost by youth who know that their only hope to have any future at all is to fight for it. Millions are united in their rejection of unlivable conditions and horrific police violence.

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