2021-07-06 12:08:51

Human Rights Investigators Probe Deadly Colombian Government Crackdown on Protests

An international human rights commission has arrived in Colombia to investigate the right-wing government’s brutal crackdown on protesters after a general strike was called in April.

More than 80 people have died since the protests began, with many killed by police and paramilitary forces.

DN goes to Bogotá to speak with Mario Murillo, an award-winning journalist and professor who has closely reported on Colombia for decades and says the current round of violence is “a continuation” of a right-wing backlash to the 2016 peace accords between the government and FARC guerrillas, which ended more than 50 years of conflict.

Journalist Mario Murillo, states that right-wing forces have worked since the signing of that agreement. The goal is to “to completely derail that peace process” and crush social movements.

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