In July 2021, I traveled to Colombia to be part of an international verification team, SOS Colombia, to investigate and expose police brutality during the nationwide protests that erupted against the government’s regressive tax proposal and lack of jobs and access to education. We interviewed dozens of young people who had participated in the protests. Some had been wounded by live bullets, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters shot at them by police, the ESMAD riot squad, and armed civilians working with police. Eighty-seven people, mostly teenagers and young adults, were killed in the course of the protests.
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Author: Lisa Haugaard