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Thu May 13, 2021, 06:51 PM

Colombia's anti-government protests Part 1: fighting fascism with carnival by Adriaan Alsema May 1

by Adriaan Alsema May 12, 2021

Protests against Colombia’s far-right President Ivan Duque turned into gigantic anti-fascist carnivals on Wednesday in response to brutal police repression.

Residents of the country’s largest cities cheered the tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of protesters who responded to two weeks of deadly police violence with a parade of music, dance and street theater.

The protests were by far the largest since a national strike on April 28 sparked daily protests that seem to grow only bigger and more colorful with every attempt to violently repress them.

In the east of Cali, where police repression has been among the most brutal, the loathed riot-police unit ESMAD was being confronted by the community’s women protecting their families from police brutality, according to activist radio station Contagio.

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