Weekly Report - 24 September 2020 (WR-20-38)

COLOMBIA: Growing criticism over police brutality

The return of thousands of Colombians to the streets for a day of national strike action on 21 September was a worrying sight for President Iván Duque. This largely peaceful day of demonstrations lacked some of the drama of the previous week’s protests [WR-20-37], sparked by the death of 46-year-old Javier Ordoñez at the hands of the police. But the successful channelling of this spontaneous fury into an organised protest movement – led by the Comité Nacional del Paro (CNP) civil society coalition, which played a key role in the widespread protests of late 2019 [WR-19-47] – suggests that the respite from unrest afforded to Duque’s government by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has come to an abrupt end.

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