Indigenous protest in Bogotá: dramatic account of the attack on a patrol boat – Bogotá

“They attacked me, they pulled my hair.” Thus began the dramatic story of the patrolwoman Íngrid Yaneth García, who was one of the victims of the Violent attack by the Emberá indigenous people on police officers and coexistence managers in the center of Bogotá.

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On Wednesday afternoon there were violent clashes between 200 Emberá indigenous people and the Riot Squad (Esmad), which left fourteen police officers injured —one of them seriously—, eight community managers attacked and five civilians affected.

One of the videos that has caused the most outrage among citizens is that of a patrol boat that is attacked at the Museo del Oro station. In the clip it is seen that, while being attacked by various subjects, the same community protects her and helps her to leave the place.

They were dragging me on the floor, they beat me up

The victim is Íngrid Yaneth García, who spoke for the CM& newscast and recounted the dramatic moments she experienced due to the violence of the protesters.

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“They attacked me, they pulled my hair, they were dragging me on the floor, they beat me,” said the young woman.

And he added that, thanks to the civilians present, he managed to leave the station and avoid much worse consequences.

“The citizens helped me, they helped me get out of that station and still followed me, but in the end I was able to get out,” he said.

‘This is not social protest, it is unacceptable violence’

The scene of terror in the center of the capital began when several indigenous women with children in their arms blocked the south entrance of the Avianca building, preventing employees and visitors from leaving.

Coexistence managers from the Government Secretariat and officials from the Personería arrived at the place, and Given the refusal of the men who led the protest to clear the area, the Esmad was present at the scene.

The demonstrators began to throw stones and hit the uniformed men with sticks, who responded by launching tear gas. Two coexistence managers who were on the site were attacked while mediating between both parties.

“This is not social protest. It is unacceptable violence, which should not go unpunished. (…) I am confident that the new director of the Victims Unit, who is also an Emberá, will soon provide a structural solution,” Mayor Claudia López said in a tweet.

López also assured that Bogotá “is the only city and entity that has given refuge and humanitarian aid to the Emberás for more than two years” and that “the national government neither prevents their displacement nor guarantees their safe return. Bogotá cannot go on alone in this,” she stated.


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