Multiple indigenous civil society groups in Cauca department continued to protest over land disputes as of Saturday, March 16. Up to 15,000 people have participated in demonstrations throughout Cauca department, which began on Wednesday, March 13, with roadblocks reported on several major roadways, notably on National Route 25 between Popayán and Cali (Valle del Cauca department). Localized instances of violence have been reported in recent days as protesters clashed with security forces attempting to clear roads and at least 16 people have been wounded. Protesters also reportedly attacked humanitarian workers on Friday, March 15, prompting a local aid agency to suspend operations in Cauca department. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are possible near any demonstration sites.
Individuals in Cauca department are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all gatherings and protests due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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