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Colombia: Riot Police Use Tear Gas and Water Cannons at Bogota Student Protest

A student protest near Bogota’s Pedagogical University turned violent on Wednesday, as members of the Jaime Bateman Cayon (JBC) group were seen among the crowd.

Footage shows riot police firing tear gas and deploying water cannon trucks trying to disperse protesters with hooded JBC members protesting near one of the city’s universities.

Students and teachers from the Pedagogical University took to the streets to protest the lack of funding, which has reportedly led to staff shortages as well as dilapidated facilities.

The leftist JBC group was formed in 1990 by members of the 19 April Movement (M-19) who did not accept their demobilisation and named themselves after a M-19 member who was killed in 1983. They have since claimed responsibility for multiple kidnappings, international diplomats’ abductions and bombings.



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