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Police assaulted a child in the middle of the transport station

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Photos where the child’s injuries are seen, as a result of the police officer’s blow, went viral. Thousands of people were outraged at the first hypothesis, which indicated that the member of the security force had repressed the child for not paying the train ticket, at the Transmilenio station, the massive Bogotá bus transportation system.

After several complaints that a uniformed man had beaten the child for not having paid the ticket for the transportation system, President Gustavo Petro himself, from his Twitter account, clarified what had happened, with a video obtained from the security cameras of the place.

In the images he shared, it looks like a policeman was chasing some people, he threw his cane to try to hit him and stop him, the child being the one who accidentally hit his head.

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According to official sources, the little one was treated by the District Health Secretary and is out of danger.

History of police violence in the area

The commotion and debate in the public opinion of Colombia for this fact is added to others linked to police aggression as a common denominator. Such is the case of the Indigenous Authorities in Bakatá (AIB), a confluence of various indigenous organizations in the city, which have been denouncing repeated situations such as aprorophobia since 2019.

There it was reported that emberasa tribe of natives of the region of BogotaThey arrived in September 2019 and lived overcrowded, with no guarantees to return and with outbreaks of tuberculosis, in the iconic National Park of that city.

Later, members of other towns joined them in the camp and in the following months there were attempts at dialogue, forced evictions, for which the tension increased again and the local government never finished giving the necessary answers.

Some returned to their lands and others were transferred to Comprehensive Protection Units (UPI) of the Mayor’s Office in different parts of Bogotá. The Emberá people, one of the most numerous, were assigned the UPI, La Rioja, located in the center of the city. Others were relocated to the Bogota towns of Ciudad Bolívar and Engativá.

The poor conditions in these shelters, the death of more than 20 children from different diseases and the riots in the center of the city last October, with clashes between police and indigenous people, reflect an unresolved situation.

The initial versions of the accident on Tuesday reflect a silent tension. That the president has given the scoop on the video showing the real events may reduce it in the short term, but the root causes remain. (With information from El País Colombia America).-

Source: Ambito

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