Senator for the Democratic Pole Iván Cepeda has announced that he will file a criminal complaint against Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano for violating Article 22A of the Constitution by promoting and instigating paramilitary groups and covert operations by the armed forces of order during the protests, that took place in the country in the past month.
Throughout the weekend, Cepeda shared photos and images on its social networks of suspected police officers acting undercover and committing what the Senator considers to be “cruel” attacks on protesters.
Cepeda recalled that this article in the Colombian Magna Carta “expressly prohibits the creation, promotion, incitement, organization of paramilitary groups or covert operations by the armed forces or police” and warned that the authorities would allow armed civilians to shoot at demonstrators.
Since the protests began in Colombia a month ago, at least 47 people have died during police repression. The last four deaths were recorded in Cali this weekend, where an armed civilian who was later identified as a member of the prosecution and is currently on vacation fired at a crowd, causing the death of one of those people.
“We saw the police and paramilitaries shoot defenseless citizens. Today you did not say a single word of condemnation for these events. You are responsible for it. You are also an accomplice,” Cepeda then turned to the President of Colombia. Ivan Duque.
One month after the protests against the tax reform proposed by Duque and later withdrawn broke out, the marches and mobilizations continue. Tens of thousands of people took part over the weekend in various cities across the country, including Bogotá and Cali, one of the epicentres of the demonstrations that recorded the greatest violence to date.