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The EU calls for “calm” in Colombia after the unrest over the death of Javier Ordóñez

September 11, 2020

The office of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell has asked for “silence” in the face of the escalation of violence in Colombia following the death of lawyer Javier Ordóñez, who lost his life after the police in Bogotá.

Josep Borrell’s office has issued a statement regretting that following this incident, mobilizations organized to protest police violence have resulted in more deaths and numerous injuries. “Our thoughts are with the families,” he said.

The EU defends that “the right to peaceful protest is essential for any democracy”, but also goes by the “clear rejection of any act of vandalism and violence intended to create fear and disorder” after the chaos that is particularly prevalent The Colombian capital has spread across the world.

The EU calls for “calm” in Colombia after the unrest over the death of Javier OrdóñezThe EU calls for “calm” in Colombia after the unrest over the death of Javier Ordóñez

She also called for an investigation into possible “excessive use of force”, including by the security forces.

“We support the call to all actors to keep peace and calm and to strengthen confidence in order to prevent a new escalation”, declared the European diplomatic office.

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