Protests Against Police Brutality Spread in Colombia

Santiago Navarro F Protests in Cali, Colombia following the death of Javier Ordóñez in police custody (Photo: Medios Libres de Cali). Anger over police abuses boiled over after officers killed Javier Ordóñez in Bogotá on September 9. It was a night out just like any other. It was around midnight on September 9 in Bogotá…

“The Number One Demand On the Streets of Colombia is for Justice”

Zoe PC “Who protects me from those who are supposed to protect me” Photo: Javier Jiménez, Colombia Informa On Wednesday, September 9, a video went viral in Colombia. It depicted a man repeatedly being beaten and tased by the police while he kept pleading “please, no more”. In a few hours, the man, Javier Ordóñez,…

Several Killed as Protests Against Police Killing Rage On in Colombia

Peoples Dispatch Police have violently repression protests across the city of Bogotá in response to the murder of Javier Ordóñez. Photo: Twitter Protests erupted across Bogotá and other cities in Colombia and were met with heavy, violent repression from the National Police leading to several civilian deaths Bogotá is in flames following the murder of…

Colombia: Outrage and Misgovernment

Pedro Santana Rodríguez Photo: Ivan Valencia In Colombia, September 9 has now been designated as the day of human rights in homage to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who dedicated his life to the defense of black Africans kidnapped from their land and brought and sold into slavery in Cartagena. On that day and…

Ivan Duque, Operation Gideon and a Low-Budget False Positive

Misión Verdad At a time when Venezuela was just beginning the sanitary measures to contain in advance the exponential growth of Covid-19 infections, in the Colombian Guajira, Venezuelan and American mercenaries hired by Juan Guaidó were fine-tuning the details of what would later become known as the (failed) Operation Gideon. The plans faltered at the…

Universal Basic Income: Why is its Implementation Urgent?

Oto Higuita Medellin, Colombia The debate on Universal Basic Income (UBRI) has gained a prominent place in public discussion. Increasingly more people, intellectuals, artists, politicians and opinion leaders are making contributions to the issue. In Colombia, nothing is politically and economically more urgent, apart from stopping the extermination of citizens. The debate coincides with a…

Colombia and its Imaginary Democracy

Pablo Jofre Leal Colombia is a beautiful country, endowed with a diversity of natural wonders in its different territories: on the coast, in the plain, the jungle and the mountains. Rich in natural resources, with a friendly and joyful people suffering the pain and consequences of a deep political and social crisis. A crisis that…

Colombia: Three Massacres in 24 Hours Claim 17 Lives

Seventeen people have been killed since Friday in the latest string of massacres under the government of Ivan Duque. The government of Colombia’s Nariño department has confirmed a new massacre in the area of La Guayacana, a rural area of the municipality of Tumaco. There, six young people were murdered and two more are missing,…

The Prosecution of Alvaro Uribe: The Start of a New Narco-War in Colombia?

Misión Verdad Álvaro Uribe, center, was Colombia’s president from 2002 to 2010, and is the mentor of current Colombian President Iván Duque, right, and acting Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez, left. Photo: Henry Romero / Reuters In Colombia, a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Justice has placed Senator and former President Álvaro Uribe…

Genocide of Colombia’s Social Leaders Continues Unabated

Peoples Dispatch Social movements held a protest held in Bogotá, on July 20, Colombian independence day, denouncing the silence of the national government in the face of the genocide of social leaders in Colombia. Photo: Colombia Informa On July 27, Colombian organizations including the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), the Marcha Patriótica (the…