Indigenous organisations report police abuses during national strike

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 6 November 2017

Indigenous organisations have reported high levels of police brutality against civil protestors during the national strike currently taking place across Colombia.

According to the Minga Indígena, a coalition of indigenous organisations, at least 41 people have been injured due to excessive use of force by police, while several others have been subjected to summary justice whereby they are detained and imprisoned without due process. The report listed the following people as subject to illegal persecution by authorities: Martín Siagama, Rodrigo Nacavera, Otoniel Querágama, Albert Wazorna and César Querágama.

Furthermore, a civil organisation has reportedly threatened to torch the offices of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC), one of the main organisations behind the strike. Another report states that the Kokonuko reserve in Cauca, where indigenous journalist Efigenia Vásquez was killed by ESMAD riot police in October, has been targeted in multiple police raids.

Recent video footage showed police firing at protestors who were taking part in the strike.

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