Colombian prosecutors confirmed this Monday that 20 deaths have been reported directly related to the protests and mobilizations since the start of the national strike, while another nine are still under investigation.
It was also reported that, in collaboration with the Ombudsman’s office, they managed to track down 308 people who were missing from the mobilizations.
In a statement, the company stated that the urgency search mechanism is still active in a further 111 disappearances, while it has indicated that there are three alleged disappearances complaints.
These cases correspond to “events that occurred on May 4th in Zaragoza (in the department of Antioquia), on May 18th in Caldas (also in Antioquia) and on May 20th in Yumbo (in the department of Valle del Cauca)”.
From April 28 to May 30, 48 deaths were reported, 20 of which are directly related to the demonstrations, ten in Cali, four in Valle del Cauca, three in Cundinamarca, one in Bogotá, one in Cauca and one in Tolima .
It was also detailed that 19 of the deaths recorded since the start of the National Strike were found to be “unrelated to the demonstrations”, while a further nine cases are still under investigation “for the sake of knowing the facts.”
In the midst of the mobilizations that Colombia continues to experience, Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz’s statements were controversial this Monday, as he has assured “to say that the deaths are precisely the result”. the national strike is completely wrong. “
In an interview with Vice News, the Justice Portfolio Manager stated that “many deaths are not due to the strike”. After the criticism, Ruiz himself assured in an interview with Caracol Radio that he does not deny the death of the Colombians as a result of the protests.
However, he continued, “not all deaths can be attributed to public violence” as “many of them can occur due to various factors”.