RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
“In our opinion, you are one of the most politically responsible in the systematic chain of crimes against humanity perpetrated by agents and groups of the security forces in Colombia since April 28,” said left-wing Senator Iván. Cepeda, of the Polo Democrático. Alternativo (Alternative Democratic Pole).
During the protests, police have been the target of serious accusations, including sexual assault, physical violence and arbitrary detention, and have also been accused of the deaths of protesters.
Minister Molano, who will be the last to speak, said on social media that he had “listened attentively” to the session of the Senate, where he will clarify doubts about the actions of the police in the context of the strike national.
“I reiterate that we are supporting peaceful protests and acting to guarantee the rights and safety of those who walk and those who do not,” the minister said in a message posted on his Twitter account.
A “GOOD” MOVEMENT
Senator Cepeda, one of the fiercest opponents of President Iván Duque’s government, asserted that the motion of censure is “appropriate” because of the state’s reaction which has been “the most violently repressive response in period of global pandemic ”, as declared by the (Portuguese) sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos”.
It is also, he added, because “his administration and the general policy of the government want to move Colombia from a simulated democracy to an openly despotic regime based on the destruction of the agreement and the process of peace (with the FARC). , as well as the weakened rule of law ”.
“Minister, during these 25 days, you are directly responsible for this situation. You designed the policy according to which these massive violations were committed, you stigmatized peaceful mobilisations and those who encouraged or participated in them, you stimulated the violations by extolling their perpetrators and inciting violence ”, he added. he explained.
Cepeda added that “despite knowledge of the violations and criminal actions, he consented to the facts without condemning them and did not give the order to arrest them”.
Protests began in Colombia on April 28 against the tax reform already withdrawn from the government. However, they have continued – with less and less force – since then with a melting pot of demands and making social discontent visible.