Columbus Day in Colombia: Thousands of Indigenous March Demanding Violence End

The demonstration coincides with the commemoration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492 - known in many countries in the region as the “Day of the Race”.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thousands of indigenous people demonstrated in southwestern Colombia on Monday demanding an end to violence, on the day commemorating Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. Dressed in green and red and carrying traditional sticks, the demonstrators converged on the city of Cali where they hope to meet President Ivan Duque.

“The main reason we're marching is the systematic massacres happening in our territories without the government taking any interest,” said Franky Reinosa of the Regional Indigenous Council in the western state of Caldas.

The demonstrators are demanding to be consulted on major development projects . . .

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