Through the streets of the center of Medellin it is already advancing the march that was scheduled for this September 26 and that has the objective of rejecting the proposals launched by the government of President Gustavo Petro.
The meeting point for the protesters was the Pablo Tobón Uribe theater, where they sang the Colombian anthem. Waving flags and raising banners, they started down La Playa Avenue at around 10:15 in the morning.
The route of the march continues to Avenida Oriental, where it will go to San Juan and ends in the Parque de las Luces, in front of La Alpujarra. This is the only march that was organized in the Aburrá Valley on this day of protests that is also taking over other cities in the country.
The Personería de Medellín, as usual, is already present in the area to guarantee the right to protest and freedom of expression. The preliminary calculation made by the Personería is about 10,000 attendees. In the Parque de las Luces, in front of La Alpujarra, they will hold a sit-in. During the tour, the harangues against Petro have been recurrent, but the protesters have also exposed their claims to Daniel Quintero in the streets.
The march aims to reject the Petro government, which has been in place for just over a month. “We do not agree with Petro, who wants to put an end to everything that works well, who wants to double the price of gasoline,” said Andrés Rodríguez, one of the leaders of the march.
An act of intolerance, however, marred the march. The journalist Marco Madrigal, from Telemedellín, was attacked by the protesters, a clear repression of the press. He and his cameraman, Carlos Tamayo, had to leave the march due to the insults and blows they received. The fact is being documented to send it to the Foundation for the Freedom of the Press.
The other march that takes place in Antioquia is in Apartadó. In the country, Barranquilla, Cali, Bogotá and Bucaramanga joined the initiative promoted by opposition groups. Abroad, marches were called in Houston and New York, in the United States, and in Mexico City.