Miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

| 2008/10/15 00:00

Native Colombians clash with authorities and close down Pan-American road

Native Colombians clash with authorities and close down Pan-American road

A very large group of native Colombians, more than 6000 are having a violent confrontation with the police in the one of the most important roads in the south of the country. The group had already been forced to clear the road in the early morning, but returned and retook the space only hours later and started throwing ‘explosive potatoes’, a homemade weapon, at the police who have been responding with tear gas.

The natives, who took on the road since yesterday morning, are demanding the government to carry out many agreements that have been previously settled and are also asking for the presence of president Álvaro Uribe to resolve this matter. They are also protesting because of the violent murders of more 11 natives during the course of this year and, as former senator Daniel Piñacué expressed to radio station W Radio: “the reestablishment of the good name of the Colombian native and peasant movement. We have been told that we are moving because of the Farc, and that is not true”

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