Colombia social unrest: Who are Cali’s vigilantes who fired on unarmed protesters?

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    Back from #Cali, International Crisis Group’s Elizabeth Dickson tells François Picard why #Colombia’s third largest city encapsulates all that the month-old social movement there is all about: growing inequality, a racial divide and the impact of the Covid pandemic.

    Dickinson also broaches another main demand of the movement: the call for #policereform in a nation where cops answer to the defense ministry, not to the interior ministry.

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    Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

    The capital is Bogotá, the country’s largest city. With over 50 million inhabitants Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. The Republic of Colombia was declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903.

    Colombia’s territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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