Friday, October 12, 2012

Bogotá's Indignant Ones

A sign in the National University campus denounces supposed U.S. use of Colombian territory. But a critic penned in criticisms of the Communist Youth Party (JUCO) for 'not respecting the university.'

Today, Bogotá's indignados carried out a massive march thru downtown Bogotá. Their demands were varied, and perhaps not well defined. Signs posted in the National University denounced alleged United States manipulation and commercialization of education. But many marchers just demanded higher salaries and health benefits.

Judicial employees call for salary adjustments.
On Plaza Bolivar, the march turned into a confrontation, with demonstrators throwing 'papa bombas' and paint balls and the riot police firing back tear gas. Eight people were injured and 71 arrested, according to El Tiempo, where you can see dramatic photos.

Police with bomb-sniffing dogs. 

Stickers criticize hunger and low salaries.

A anti-riot tank, with water and tear gas cannons, saw action. 

What is peace? Peace requires social justice.

'Peace means commitments from all parties against inequalities and corruption.'

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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