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23 Nov 2019 | 02:54 PM UTC

Colombia: Hundreds of demonstrators dispersed in Bogotá as protests continue November 23 /update 7

Hundreds of demonstrators dispersed in Bogotá as protests continue for a third day November 23; similar demonstrations to be expected over the coming days

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Event

Hundreds of demonstrators were dispersed near National Park in Bogotá on Saturday, November 23, as protests denouncing President Iván Duque's administration continued for a third consecutive day. Protesters also reportedly assembled in Bolivar Plaza. Demonstrators are reportedly decrying the government's alleged support of unpopular economic plans and the perceived lack of government action to counter killings of human rights activists and rein in corruption. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected near protest sites over the coming hours.

On Friday, November 22, President Iván Duque announced that a national dialogue will be held on Monday, November 25, to discuss reforms and to address the grievances of protesters. According to media reports, protest organizers will also meet on Monday to potentially plan additional demonstrations; protests are to be expected in Bogotá over the coming days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Several unions and civil society groups organized a nationwide strike and rallies on November 21 to protest the policies of President Iván Duque's administration. Three people were killed in the demonstrations. 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 Bogotá and across 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.