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08 Jan 2019 | 03:39 PM UTC

Colombia: Protests planned in Bogotá January 11

Colombia News Alert

Various civil society and political groups call for protests in Bogotá to take place on January 11 to demand the removal of Attorney General; localized disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/11/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá, Caribbean coast

Event

Demonstrations are expected in Bogotá on Friday, January 11, to demand the resignation of Attorney General Humberto Martínez. The rallies, known as the March of Lanterns, will reportedly end in front of the Attorney General's office in the capital. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected around all protest sites. Further demonstrations are likely in the coming days.

Context

The protest movement, led by the Colombia Humana movement and the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC), seeks to force out Attorney General Martínez for his alleged role in the Odebrecht scandal. Martínez is accused of covering up a bribery scheme between the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, who was involved in a Colombian motorway project.

Advice

Individuals in Colombia are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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