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Date of Incident: March 01, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):University of Antioquia

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On March 1, 2022, a group of approximately 20 hooded individuals began a demonstration on the campus of the University of Antioquia in Medellin, before moving just outside the campus where they reportedly clashed with police and ignited small bombs, causing the university to suspend classes for the day, and diverting traffic near the university for for several hours. 

Public reporting did not mention the reasons for the demonstration.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about destructive and violent acts in the course of on-campus protests. While demonstrators have the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, they must exercise these rights peacefully and responsibly. Violent, destructive actions on campus harm the ability of higher education communities to safely and adequately conduct research, teaching, and other academic activities, undermining academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and democratic society generally.


*SAR identified this incident in data made publicly available by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).