A disruptive protest broke out around the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá on Wednesday, August 15, prompting significant transportation disruptions on Calle 26 (Avenida El Dorado), the main road to El Dorado International Airport (BOG). The demonstration broke out shortly after 11:00 (local time), with hooded figures reportedly throwing items and clashing with riot police. Authorities subsequently shut down westbound traffic on Calle 26, and Transmilenio (Bogotá's bus rapid transit system) temporarily closed Ciudad Universitaria and Corferias stations; those stations have since reopened. The motivation for the demonstration has not been confirmed, but student groups have denied involvement; unconfirmed accounts indicate that the protest was to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a notable FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) figure. Continued disruptions and an increased security presence should be expected in the vicinity of the university in the coming hours.
Individuals in Bogotá are advised to avoid all protests and monitor developments to the situation. On a more general note, those in Colombia are advised to remain vigilant at all times due to high crime rates, particularly in major cities (i.e. maintain a low profile, be particularly vigilant at night, be aware that criminals may be armed, etc.).
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