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11 Dec 2019 | 06:31 AM UTC

Colombia: Fresh nationwide protests called December 11 /update 16

Unions call for additional nationwide protests on December 11; heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Unions have called for fresh nationwide protests in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, and Cúcuta on Wednesday, December 11. Vehicular restrictions have been implemented for the protests to reduce the amount of traffic in all cities.

A heightened security presence, and transportation disruptions are to be expected in these cities and other urban centers. A heightened security presence is also expected in the vicinity of all protests and further clashes cannot be ruled out.

Context

Several unions and civil society groups have been organizing nationwide protests and strikes since November 21 to protest the policies of President Iván Duque's administration, including the alleged support of unpopular economic plans and the perceived lack of government action to counter killings of human rights activists and rein in corruption. Heightened security measures were approved across Colombia in anticipation of the protests, permitting local authorities to implement curfews and restrict civilian movement.

Advice

Individuals in Colombia are advised to closely monitor developments, avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.