Unified Command Port Established in Bogota to Monitor September 27 Marches
On Tuesday night, the Unified Command Port was established in Bogota’s ‘Tercer Milenio’ park, with the participation of Interior Minister Luis Fernando Velasco and Mayoress Claudia Lopez, in order to monitor the upcoming marches on September 27. The official highlighted the importance of a social agreement and genuine dialogue among various social, political, and economic forces in the country. She expressed her hope that peaceful mobilization will inspire commitment and cooperation from all parties.
Furthermore, Lopez expressed his dismay at the violence that has impacted indigenous communities across the nation and emphasized that the marches led by the indigenous guard have consistently concluded peacefully.
Pro-Government Marches in Major Colombian Cities, Bogotá Features Plaza de Bolívar Concert
Several major cities in Colombia have scheduled pro-government marches. In Bogotá, the procession started from the National Park and it will conclude at the Plaza de Bolívar with a concert. Other cities including Medellín, Barranquilla, Cali, and Riohacha have also announced plans for similar demonstrations.
In the capital of Colombia, the route will culminate in the Plaza de Bolívar, featuring a concert around noon with the participation of several artists.
Approximately 700 uniformed police officers and 400 coexistence managers will be present to accompany the demonstrators.
Indigenous Communities Converge in Capital to Back Government Marches and Seek Dialogue on Key Issues
Thousands of indigenous people arrived in the country’s capital on Tuesday, using 100 buses, with two main goals: to support the government’s marches and initiate a dialogue with the State. They sought to address five critical issues affecting their peace in regions like Cauca, Putumayo, Caqueta, and others.
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These indigenous communities settled in ‘Tercer Milenio’ park, bringing tents, markets, mats, trucks, traditional Colombian buses (chivas), and a significant food supply. Their intention is to stay until Thursday, September 28, or until the government engaged in discussions regarding agrarian reform, comprehensive peace, territorial defense, environmental recognition, and support for their way of life.
Jhoe Sauca, a senior advisor from the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) Kokonuko, emphasized that their movement was independent and not funded by the government, even though the administration has a duty to support people’s right to mobilize. They aimed for their actions to benefit not only the indigenous people of Cauca but the entire country.
To secure the location, the indigenous community completely closed off the park’s perimeter, barring access to visitors and merchants. They utilized the indigenous guard for this purpose. However, incidents of scams and thefts by outsiders prompted them to block entrances to nearby areas to protect their community.
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