Ongoing Violence: First Mass Protests in Colombia Since Start of Coronavirus Crisis

The military is the focus of criticism. Some 31 soldiers have been suspended on charges of sexual abuse. A protest march against violence is moving towards Bogotá.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Triggered by the rape of a young indigenous girl by soldiers, Colombia faces mass protests. The weekend demonstrations were the largest since the start of quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 20th.

The protesters blame the Colombian state in particular for the systematic neglect of indigenous territories, human rights violations, the country's militarization and the murder of FARC-EP activists and ex-combatants.

On Friday, Colombia's armed forces announced the . . .

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