For this Saturday, Colombians are also organizing a new mobilization of women, which will demand the cessation of gender violence exercised by the police and agents of the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (Esmad) in the context of the national strike.
The demonstrators, women, men, students, indigenous people, peasants, politicians, intellectuals, academicians, workers, among others, will demand the cessation of militarization, the dismantling of the Esmad, the reform of the police and the withdrawal of neoliberal measures. According to the call, they will march in favor of peace, for the disappeared youths, for the abused women, for the dozens of murdered and thousands of wounded at the hands of police officers since the beginning of the strike on April 28 to date, as well as against the historical and systematic violence in the country.
Meanwhile, many regional and worldwide organizations have expressed their concern and rejection of what has been happening in Colombia for the last 18 days, such as the UN, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and parliamentarians from several countries, among others.
Yesterday, one people was killed and dozens wounded and detained by the police as a result of the excessive use of public force against peaceful protesters in front of the police station in Popayan, who deplored the sexual abuse of women by the police.