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Date of Incident: June 08, 2023

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):National University of Bogota

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On June 8, 2023, violent clashes broke out between hooded protesters and riot police on the campus of the National University of Bogota, leaving a police officer seriously injured.

Protesters had gathered to commemorate the Day of the Fallen Student, a day recognizing fallen student protesters throughout Colombian History. A group of hooded individuals associated with a movement known as the Jaime Baterman Cayon movement reportedly attacked officers with improvised explosive devices. One officer, John Freddy Rodríguez, was hit with a device and seriously injured as a result. As of June 15, 2023, he remained hospitalized in a medically induced coma and was being treated for his injuries. As of this report, no arrests had been reported in connection with the attack.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks on campus, including in connection with on-campus protests. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, violence on campus erodes academic freedom, damages everyone’s ability to exercise the rights to engage in freedom of expression and assembly, and harms democratic society generally. 

Sources:

https://www.elespectador.com/bogota/disturbios-en-la-universidad-nacional-dejan-hasta-el-momento-un-policia-herido-noticias-hoy/

https://www.ruptly.tv/en/videos/20230609-006-colombia-masked-activists-hurl-explosives-towards-riot-police-during-protest-at-national-university-in-bogota

https://www.infobae.com/colombia/2023/06/15/asi-avanza-el-estado-de-salud-del-patrullero-john-freddy-rodriguez-herido-en-la-universidad-nacional-por-encapuchados/

https://web.comisiondelaverdad.co/actualidad/noticias/dia-del-estudiante-caido-poniendole-cuerpo-al-pensamiento

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El 8 de junio de 2023 estallaron violentos enfrentamientos entre manifestantes encapuchados y la policía antidisturbios en el campus de la Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, que dejaron a un agente de policía gravemente herido.

Los manifestantes se habían reunido para conmemorar el Día del Estudiante Caído, un día en el que se reconoce a los estudiantes manifestantes caídos a lo largo de la historia de Colombia. Al parecer, un grupo de encapuchados asociados al movimiento conocido como Jaime Baterman Cayon atacaron a los agentes con artefactos explosivos improvisados. Un agente, John Freddy Rodrguez, fue alcanzado por un artefacto y resultó gravemente herido. El 15 de junio de 2023, seguía hospitalizado en coma inducido y recibiendo tratamiento por sus lesiones. En el momento de redactar este informe, no se había informado de ninguna detención en relación con el ataque.

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Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a member of the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA), and partners with CAFA on Americas-focused monitoring activities. Relevant incidents, with factual details translated into Spanish, appear on both SAR and CAFA websites.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) es una institución que integra la Coalición por la Libertad Académica en las Américas (CLAA). SAR trabaja junto con la CLAA en el monitoreo de situaciones en las Américas. Los incidentes relevantes que reportamos, con descripción de hechos detallados en español, aparecen tanto en los portales de SAR como de la CLAA.