A leader of the National Liberation Army (ELN) has confirmed that the guerrillas took part in protests organized in several Colombian cities against alleged police brutality following the death of lawyer and engineer Javier Ordóñez.
Ordóñez is said to have died after being beaten by a National Police Immediate Action Squad (CAI) in Bogotá. His case sparked a wave of mobilizations, and prosecutors have opened multiple investigations into the alleged involvement of illegal groups after suspecting that FARC dissidents may also participate.
The head of the Western ELN War Front, “Uriel”, stated in a message that the group’s urban militias were involved in the protests, although he has confirmed, according to Blu Radio, that the guerrillas were not the ones who promoted them.
“The riots and riots were not motivated by different groups speaking out against the government. Our urban militancy participates in them as one or more,” said the guerrilla leader, who has called for an end to the torture and death centers called CAI “.