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The mayor of Bogotá extends the curfew to the entire capital for riots in protests

November 23, 2019

The mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa. – REUTERS / JOHN VIZCAINO – Archive

MADRID, Nov. 23 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa, has extended this Friday the curfew decreed in three areas of Bogotá to the entire capital of the country due to the disturbances registered in the framework of a new day of mobilizations.

The mayor of Bogotá extends the curfew to the entire capital for riots in protestsThe mayor of Bogotá extends the curfew to the entire capital for riots in protests

It has been the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, who has asked Peñalosa to extend the measure. “I have asked the mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa, to apply a curfew throughout the city from 9:00 p.m. (local time),” Duque said on Twitter. “Our goal is to ensure the safety of all Bogota citizens,” he said.

On the other hand, Peñalosa has affirmed that “our city will not end”, according to Caracol Radio. “Together we are going to beat this minority,” the mayor of Bogotá has settled.

Initially, Peñalosa had specified that the curfew would be applied in the areas of Bosa, Kennedy and Ciudad Bolívar. “We are going to establish the curfew in three locations, in Bosa, in Kennedy and Ciudad Bolívar from 8:00 p.m. (local time),” he said, in statements to the press.

Thus, he has detailed that the measure affects these areas “because that is where criminal acts have been concentrated today.” “We are doing everything to ensure the operation of the city,” he has riveted.

The incidents, which at the moment have resulted in no victims, have affected the transport system in the city due to “acts of sabotage.” Peñalosa has also declared the 'dry law' until noon on Saturday.

The city of Bogotá is divided into a total of 20 areas, called localities. Those of Bosa, Kennedy and Ciudad Bolívar are located in the southwest area of ​​the capital.

Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo has confirmed on Friday that at least three people have died in the protests that occurred during the general strike that took place on Thursday in the country.

Trujillo has explained that two of the deaths occurred during clashes with the Police in the municipalities of Buenaventura and Candelaria, both in the department of Valle del Cauca (southwest), trying to stop several looting in commercial areas of the area. The third one has not been detailed.

“Between yesterday and today 98 people were captured, 207 more were taken to police stations for their protection, eight minors were apprehended and 53 raids were carried out in compliance with the Prosecutor's orders,” said the minister during a conference. of press in the House of Nariño.

THE OAS CONDEMNS VIOLENCE

For its part, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) has condemned the acts of violence recorded during the past week in Colombia and has applauded the “civic correction” of those who demonstrated “in peace and harmony.”

“Similarly, we recognize the attachment to the institutions and the rule of law of the Government of President Iván Duque to lead the country within the framework of principles of respect, development and progress,” he said in a statement.

In it, he recalled that “the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression are part of the fundamental values ​​of our region and thus must always be respected.”

However, the OAS has stressed in its statement that “the right to peaceful protest cannot be used to protect acts of vandalism or violent actions against public and private assets.”

THE GENERAL STRIKE IN COLOMBIA

The march was convened on Thursday by unions, retirees, teachers and students, indigenous groups and LGTBI, to protest against the Duke Government and its economic policies, which, according to these groups, have deprecated life expectancy in the country.

The deterioration of pensions and salaries, breach of agreements with students, and the perennial situation of violence in the country – more than 160 social and union leaders have been killed so far this year – as well As the Government's attempt to modify the peace agreement with the FARC in 2016, they are the main points of the mobilizations.

In the days leading up to the strike, the Executive granted full powers to local and regional authorities to impose the necessary measures in case of acts of violence and revolts similar to those that occurred in recent weeks in the main cities of some of the countries in the region, such as Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia.

“The peaceful social protest is a constitutional right, which we guarantee, but we will be relentless with acts of vandalism,” Duque warned, whose measures for the strike included even curfew, in case mayors and governors do so. consider.

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