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Monday, September 21, 2020

Colombians march to demand an end to violence in the country

Bogota, Sep 21.- Colombians from all over the country will march today in the context of the International Day of Peace to demand that the government comply with the Havana Agreement and put an end to the violence in the country.

It is expected to be a great day of mobilization that will be joined by trade unionists, politicians, students, peasants, ex-guerrillas and representatives of the most diverse sectors of this nation's society.

The senator for Colombia Humana Gustavo Petro invited a quiet demonstration and assured that the more people go to the march, the more Non-violence will be guaranteed.

That political movement agreed to take to the streets this September 21 for life and La Paz and called on its militancy to unite peacefully throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Political and Social Coordinator Marcha Patriótica called on the authorities to let the people express themselves in this demonstration and demanded guarantees to avoid events against the population such as mistreatment, harassment, abuse, rape of women, among other requests.

"For the right to life and against impunity, popular resistance and social mobilization," the organization urged.

He asked that the uniformed men not carry weapons during the mobilization and pointed out that all personnel assigned to the National Police of Colombia present during the mobilization day must be fully identified.

The cessation of the massacres, which number about 60 in the year, the end of the murders against social leaders, ex-guerrillas in the process of reincorporation, indigenous people, women and LGTBI people and against police brutality, will be other of the Colombian requests.

The organizers of the initiative invited to illuminate the streets and make five minutes of silence in peace, keeping the distance, using face masks and antibacterial gel to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus.

The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously decided to designate it as a Day of Non-Violence and Ceasefire.

The United Nations invites all countries and peoples to respect the cessation of hostilities during the date and to celebrate it with education and public awareness initiatives on issues related to peace. (Text and photo: PL)