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12 Mar 2019 | 11:36 PM UTC

Colombia: Protest in Bogotá against proposed revisions to peace plan Mar. 13

Colombia News Alert

Protest planned in Bogotá against President Duque’s proposed revisions to peace plan March 13; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/14/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá

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Event

A demonstration organized by the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force party, the political wing of the ex-guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is slated to take place in Bogotá on Wednesday, March 13. The group is expected to rally at Plaza de Bolívar from 16:00 (local time) to denounce President Iván Duque's decision to return the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) - the peace agreement between the government and the FARC rebels - to the legislature for revision on Sunday, March 10.

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the demonstration. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

President Duque objected to six articles of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and campaigned on revising the agreement to be harsher on ex-FARC commanders. Prior to the passage of the JEP, the FARC had been the main combatants in a conflict that had claimed over 250,000 lives since it began in 1964.

Advice

Individuals in Bogotá are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence in the vicinity of the protest, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.

 

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