The European Union on Tuesday called for an end to violence and the “disproportionate use of force” against protesters in Colombia who make legitimate use of their freedoms, while saying that it trusts that the country’s institutions will investigate what happened and bring to justice those responsible for abuses that have already left at least 19 dead.
“We are closely following what is happening in Colombia and what we see is a source of concern. The European Union condemns acts of violence directed against the legitimate rights to demonstrate, to the freedom to assemble and to express oneself ”, the spokesman for the European External Action Service, Peter Stano, said at a press conference in Brussels.
The spokesperson took the opportunity to condemn the violent death of at least 19 people during the demonstrations and expressed the condolences of the European Union, which “trusts that the Colombian institutions will investigate and bring to justice those responsible for any abuse or violation of fundamental rights and freedoms ”.
Precisely this Tuesday, the MEP of the United Left Manu Pineda asked the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU to consider sending a mission to Colombia to ensure that the Human Rights of Colombians are respected and also that progress is being made in the fulfillment of the Agreement on Peace.
“The violation of Human Rights in the face of these protests deepens the serious situation that Colombian society is experiencing, whose Government has not stopped the persecutions and murders of social leaders, as well as signatories of the Peace Accords and that has not the elements necessary to implement them ”, Pineda regrets in his letter to the head of European diplomacy.
On this matter, Borrell’s spokesman has defended that the European Union is already observing the situation “with great attention” thanks to its delegation in Bogotá and the embassies of the different member states in the country, so that “at this time it does not there are signs that such a mission was necessary ”.
The priority is to stop violent acts and put a stop to the disproportionate use of violence by the armed and security forces, Stano has repeated, who has also insisted on the block’s confidence in the reaction of Colombian institutions.
The protests against the tax reform, already withdrawn by the president, Iván Duque, have been the scene of attacks by the Police and other violent acts that have already left at least 19 civilians dead.