The Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano estimated the number of police officers injured on Tuesday at 849 since the protests began in the Latin American country 13 days ago and accused “infiltrated terrorists”.
As Molano stated in his report on the social network Twitter, 53 of the wounded police officers are women. Regarding the manner in which they were injured, it was stated that 714 were with “blunt force”, 99 with sharp handguns, 19 with explosives or incendiary devices, and 12 with firearms.
Molano, who has confirmed that “organizations continue to incite violence in Cali,” has struck a balance between public and private property that has been damaged during the protests. The list includes 1,052 “destroyed” public transport vehicles, 35 affected private cars, 13 “burned” motorcycles or 33 “destroyed” traffic lights.
He also stated that so far 57,346 “corrective measures” have been taken by the police for “behavior against cohabitation”. Of these, 31,221 were sentenced to violent clashes for “violating and disregarding order”, 11,534 for carrying weapons, sharp elements or the like and 2,028 for “fighting or inciting”.
Finally, he stressed that operations carried out by the Colombian army and police “had achieved important results”, with 647 people arrested and 378 firearms and 72 firearms seized. Explosive elements.
The protests, which rocked the country for two weeks and claimed at least 27 deaths according to the government – more than 40 according to civil organizations – began as a mobilization against the tax reform proposed by the Duque executive, but one that was once withdrawn The mobilizations call for measures to combat inequality in the country.