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Andes Bureau Chief. The New York Times. Send tips my way. julie@nytimes.com.

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a year ago
Need a break from the gloom? I give you the children of Maracaibo. https://t.co/v9PLp7ndYD
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COLOMBIA'S PRES: “There have been acts of abuse,” he said. But “just saying that there could be any possibility that the Colombian police will be seen as a systematic abuser of human rights" is "not only unfair, unjust, but w.out any base, any ground.” https://t.co/yzDRmG2KNl
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COLOMBIA: “Saying that there could be any possibility that the Colombian police will be seen as a systematic abuser of human rights — well, that will be not only unfair, unjust, but without any base, any ground," President Iván Duque told @julieturkewitz https://t.co/CvH3XMrDnm
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14 hours ago
NEW: We spoke with Pres. Duque this afternoon. “There have been acts of abuse,” he said of the police. But the idea that the Colombian police is a "systematic abuser of human rights" is without evidence, he said. No major change needs to be made. https://t.co/yzDRmG2KNl
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The New York Times
23 hours ago
Colombia’s police fought rebel groups for years. Now, they’re accused of using battlefield tactics against protesters. As anger over tax reforms has grown, officers have beaten and killed demonstrators, according to witnesses and victims’ family members. https://t.co/VJ9R5bGH9G https://t.co/Pw4zgCw1pM
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Christiane Amanpour
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Over 40 people have been killed during protests in Colombia. “If there’s any wrongdoing from a member of the police, or the army… those conducts are going to be investigated,” says President @IvanDuque. “Most of the protesters have acted peacefully,” he adds. https://t.co/MphuKPq8La
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The @NYTimes Jerusalem bureau has an opening for a reporter on Palestinian affairs. 👉 Apply here https://t.co/51XnJ3QEoh
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a day ago
“You’re not a human rights defender,” one police officer said, according to one account, as the officer's detainee passed in and out of consciousness. “You’re a [expletive] guerrilla fighter, and I’m going to show you how to faint for real.” https://t.co/Uj7A73vfsv
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julieturkewitz
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“They see us as the enemy, knowing that we are citizens,” said Alexis Medina, a protester who said he was detained and beaten by Colombian police officers who forced him to drink their urine. “Drink it or I’ll knock out your teeth,” he said he was told.
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The images of police abuse in Colombia have prompted concern from the United Nations, the OAS, the European Union and officials in the United States, which has bankrolled Colombian security forces for years, and is in the midst of its own reckoning over police conduct.
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Colombia's defense minister said people have shot at officers, who have been hurt in the hundreds. And he blamed the unrest on the country’s diminished but remaining armed groups, whom the government identifies as terrorists.
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julieturkewitz
a day ago
Amid the unrest, Pres. Iván Duque initiated a dialogue w civil society leaders, noted his “respect for peaceful protest” and said that violence against civilians & public servants should be “investigated and punished.” But he appears to be resisting calls for change in the dept.
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“It’s a very good police force for war,” said a former Colombian police chief who has pushed for change. But the institution he said, has not adjusted to the country's peace accord context. “It needs to accelerate the process of adapting to this new post-conflict situation."
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julieturkewitz
a day ago
La policía de Colombia era una fuerza construida para la guerra. Ahora, ha encontrado una nueva: en las calles de las principales ciudades, donde los oficiales están acusados ​​de tratar a los manifestantes civiles como enemigos en el campo de batalla. https://t.co/Uj7A73vfsv
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Colombian police say the have opened 66 investigations into officer misconduct. 27 are for abuse of authority, 11 for physical aggression, 8 for homicide, 5 for injuries, 12 for sexual assault and 2 for imprudent use"of arms. With others in process. https://t.co/Uj7A73vfsv
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“They see us as the enemy, knowing that we are citizens,” said a protester in Colombia who said he was detained and beaten by police officers who forced him to drink their urine. “Drink it or I’ll knock out your teeth,” he said he was told. https://t.co/Uj7A73vfsv
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In Colombia’s decades-long conflict with violent rebel groups, the country’s national police often fought on the front lines, wielding tanks and helicopters as they battled guerrilla fighters. But critics say the police are not properly trained to deal with civilian protest.
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a day ago
Critics say the violence in Colombia, and the mounting death toll, indicate an urgent need for police reform.
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julieturkewitz
a day ago
In Colombia, officers have beaten, detained and killed protesters in recent days, opening fire on peaceful demonstrations and shooting tear gas canisters from armored vehicles, according to more than a dozen interviews by @nytimes w witnesses and family of the dead and injured.
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