The protests came as the country learned of another three massacres in a span of 24 hours.
The community in Samaniego, Nariño marched through the town one week since nine youth were killed in a massacre.
Marchers carried signs saying “we are not guerrillas (combatants),” “we are not drug traffickers” and “we are not criminals—we are just young people.”
Additionally, protests have focused on the issues of the resurgence of paramilitarism, police abuse and brutality, violations by the military against civilians and against the normalization of violence throughout the country as the government of Ivan Duque has failed to uphold the 2016 Peace Accords.
La comunidad del municipio de Samaniego en el dpto de Nariño, salió a sus calles para levantar su voz de protesta, frente a la violencia que acabó con la vida de 8 de sus jóvenes, y a exigir respuestas del gobierno frente a las investigaciones. @teleSURtv@HernanTeleSURpic.twitter.com/iC3csOgNbT
Pot-banging protests, called ‘cacerolazos,’ took place at 7pm on Saturday in cities like Cali and Bogotá and were held by Colombians on the exterior, like in the protest held by the community in Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Ivan Duque has been presenting highly dubious figures on ‘collective homicides’ or massacres and making the argument that Colombia has made gains in lowering the rates of such violent crimes.
These massacres and homicides and what’s been reported as a reconfiguration of paramilitary organizations have taken place in North Santander department where U.S. troops are stationed.
The number of massacres in Colombia up til August of this year has nearly surpassed figures for 2019, with 31 of those massacres in Antioquia, Cauca, Nariño, North Santander and Putumayo--which are also the departments which have seen the highest numbers of killings of human rights defenders.