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Tue May 11, 2021, 01:27 AM

Human Rights Watch warns Colombian police uses high-tech projectile launcher against demonstrators

Monday, May 10th 2021 - 09:52 UTC



Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director for the Americas José Miguel Vivanco said his organization had never seen police officers use “horizontal high-speed multiple projectile launchers” as it happens in Colombia.

Vivanco insisted he had never seen such a fierce response against demonstrations, “not even in Latin America and not in the United States.”

The Chile-born Vivanco made those remarks in response to Colombia's Defense Minister Diego Molano who had said that the weapons in question are used in the event of disturbances that “affect tranquillity and security” or when violence may occur.

Molano had told the German outlet Deutsche Welle (DW)that they are used “against third parties, against other citizens with the destruction of public entities for them to dissolve.”

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Vivanco explained that the tanks are equipped with a type of “horizontal, not upward, horizontal, multi-projectile launchers that can apparently launch tear gas or stun bombs in a way that can be indiscriminate.”

More:
https://en.mercopress.com/2021/05/10/human-rights-watch-warns-colombian-police-uses-high-tech-projectile-launcher-against-demonstrators

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