The Autonomous Medical Mission reported this Sunday that at least 41 protesters were injured in Bogotá after clashes with security forces on the American portal of the Colombian capital, renamed the Portal of Resistance, in recent hours. Three of the injured have serious eye injuries.
The clashes began around 10 p.m. on Saturday when two people knocked down one of the bars on the side of the Americas portal and an ESMAD riot squad intervened. Since Saturday morning, more than 2,500 people have been peacefully concentrated in the demonstration.
The director of the city police, Major General Óscar Antonio Gómez Heredia, has reported an agent injured by the impact of a Molotov cocktail in the south of Bogotá and announced a reward of 30 million pesos (about 6,500 euros) for information that does so enable to be caught responsibly. However, no reference was made to the Portal Américas incidents.
On April 28, the national strike began, an open-ended strike against President Iván Duque’s government proposal for tax reform. The proposal was eventually withdrawn by the executive branch, but the protest continues to condemn police repression and Duque’s policies, and a range of social, health and educational demands were made.