Colombians topple ‘rapist’ conquistador’s statue in capital

Indigenous of us in Colombia’s southwest cling knocked down as a minimum three statues to conquistadors since September 2020.

Bogota – Indigenous of us in Colombia on Friday knocked down a statue of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, who primarily based the capital Bogota, as protests towards the authorities continued.

Photos shared on social media confirmed folks of the Misak indigenous neighborhood standing on the empty pedestal within the centre of Bogota with the statue mendacity on the underside with a damaged arm.

No longer decrease than 26 of us cling died in clashes between demonstrators and safety forces since protests towards President Ivan Duque’s authorities started on April 28, first and predominant towards a now deserted tax reform.

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Indigenous of us cling joined unions, college students and diversified teams in annoying substitute to the authorities’s insurance policies on efficiently being, schooling and inequality.

Demonstrators from the Misak — sometimes called Guambiano — neighborhood, first and predominant from the south of the nation, arrived within the beginning up light on the statue, erected in 1960, waving their indigenous flags.

“Traditionally he turned the best slaughterer, torturer, thief and rapist of our females and our youth,” the neighborhood acknowledged in a relate.

The relate acknowledged the “elitist households descended” from De Quesada had “reproduced the monumental problems” of the nation equal to the recently deserted tax reform.

Indigenous of us in Colombia’s southwest cling knocked down as a minimum three statues to conquistadors since September 2020.

They’re waging a historic dispute over land rights however cling time and again been the victims of Colombia’s multi-faceted warfare pitting left-fly guerrillas, drug-traffickers, accurate-fly paramilitaries and the armed forces towards each diversified.

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