HRW condemns ‘egregious’ police abuses against Colombian protesters

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday accused police of “egregious abuses” against protesters in demonstrations that have been raging for weeks in Colombia. The rights organization said that it has confirmed that 34 people died “in the context of the protests,” including two police officers, a criminal investigator and 31 “demonstrators or bystanders, at least 20 of whom appear to have been killed by the police.” “These brutal abuses are not isolated incidents by rogue officers, but rather the result of systemic shortcomings of the Colombian police,” HRW Americas director Jose Miguel Vivanco s…

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