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15 Nov 2019 | 03:01 AM UTC

Switzerland: Solidarity rallies planned in Geneva November 15-16

Switzerland News Alert

Demonstrations in support of peace in Colombia are expected to be held in Geneva on November 15-16; heightened police presence and localized traffic disruptions anticipated

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Geneva, Place des Nations

Event

Multiple rallies are being organized in Geneva on Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, to call for peace in Colombia between the government and ex-FARC members. Supporters are being asked to gather at Place des Nations at 15:00 (local time) on Friday before marching at 16:00. A rally will also be held at the Ethnographic Museum starting at 18:30. On Saturday, an associated conference will take place from 09:00-17:00 at the University of Geneva.

A heightened police presence and localized traffic disruptions are possible around all rally sites.

Context

Associated rallies are being organized under the banner “Defense of Peace and Life in Colombia” on November 15 in several countries, including Ecuador, Uruguay, US, and Costa Rica. The demonstrations are being held to highlight ongoing human rights violations in Colombia and to denounce the government’s breach of the peace agreement. A peace deal between FARC leadership and the Colombian government was ratified by the Colombian congress in November 2016, officially ending an armed conflict that killed more than 260,000 people over five decades. However, some dissident ex-FARC militants remain active, notably in the Colombian-Ecuadorian border region.

Advice

Individuals in Geneva are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate possible traffic disruptions, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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