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Mayor of Bogota calls for reconciliation following nights of shootings and rioting because of police brutality

Monday, September 14th 2020 - 11:55 UTC
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During protests on Wednesday, seven young people, including teenagers, died after being shot in Bogota. During protests on Wednesday, seven young people, including teenagers, died after being shot in Bogota.
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez called for reconciliation in the aftermath of the clashes and made apologies to the victims' families. Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez called for reconciliation in the aftermath of the clashes and made apologies to the victims' families.

The mayor of Bogota begged forgiveness on Sunday and called for reconciliation after protests in Colombia's capital the past week left 11 civilians dead and hundreds injured.

Protests in Bogota and satellite city Soacha began following the death on Wednesday of Javier Ordonez, 46. A widely shared video showed the father of two being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by police. He died later in a hospital.

During protests on Wednesday, seven young people, including teenagers, died after being shot in Bogota.

Three other people died in connection with the protests on Thursday night, including a woman who was hit by a stolen public bus. Three people were also killed in Soacha during the protests.

Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez called for reconciliation in the aftermath of the clashes and made apologies to the victims' families.

“We are here today to ask forgiveness of all victims of police brutality,” Lopez said during a televised event to commemorate those who died in the protests.

Relatives of the victims called for justice but said further protests should be peaceful. Later on Sunday, crowds of demonstrators marched through the centre of Bogota, with clashes between protesters and police in some places.

In the past week, hundreds of civilians have been injured in clashes between protesters and police in Soacha and Bogota, with dozens wounded by gunshots in the capital.

Close to 200 police officers were also injured, while at least 60 police stations were vandalized, as well as dozens of public transport vehicles.

Police said Ordonez was found drinking alcohol in the street with friends in violation of coronavirus distancing rules.

Two police officers implicated in Ordonez's death have been fired and face charges of homicide and abusing their authority. A further five officers connected to his death have been suspended.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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