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Colombia: Thousands assemble in Bogota to demand greater security for indigenous people02:32

Colombia: Thousands assemble in Bogota to demand greater security for indigenous people

Colombia, Bogota
October 20, 2020 at 08:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several thousand indigenous people protested on Bogota's streets on Monday, having travelled to the capital in an attempt to meet with President Ivan Duque, to obtain greater security assurances from his administration.

The participants of the latest 'Minga' (mass mobilisation of indigenous people) were filmed marching through the capital carrying flags of their communities and later gathered in front of the presidential palace.

"Mr president, in the indigenous territories, in the peasant territories they are killing us. The Minga arrive here because you did not want to go to Cali, much less to Cauca, so for your safety, today the Minga comes to the patio of your house to tell you to listen to us," said one of the protesters.

Mayor of Bogota Claudia Lopez was also filmed among the protesters expressing his support and calling on "the central government and the president of the republic to listen to the Minga."

"May all of Bogota follow the example of the peaceful mobilisation of the Minga," she added from the stage.

The indigenous people mobilised to protest against the violence that affects them, the murder of social leaders and land deprivation.

Colombia: Thousands assemble in Bogota to demand greater security for indigenous people02:32
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Several thousand indigenous people protested on Bogota's streets on Monday, having travelled to the capital in an attempt to meet with President Ivan Duque, to obtain greater security assurances from his administration.

The participants of the latest 'Minga' (mass mobilisation of indigenous people) were filmed marching through the capital carrying flags of their communities and later gathered in front of the presidential palace.

"Mr president, in the indigenous territories, in the peasant territories they are killing us. The Minga arrive here because you did not want to go to Cali, much less to Cauca, so for your safety, today the Minga comes to the patio of your house to tell you to listen to us," said one of the protesters.

Mayor of Bogota Claudia Lopez was also filmed among the protesters expressing his support and calling on "the central government and the president of the republic to listen to the Minga."

"May all of Bogota follow the example of the peaceful mobilisation of the Minga," she added from the stage.

The indigenous people mobilised to protest against the violence that affects them, the murder of social leaders and land deprivation.

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