Despite some outbreaks of riots, the mobilization day for the day for the elimination of violence against women concluded calmly

Thousands of women in Bogotá commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Photo: REUTERS / Luisa González
Thousands of women in Bogotá commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Photo: REUTERS / Luisa González

Positive, despite some specific events of vandalism and the customary traumas in mobility, the mobilizations in Bogotá concluded which were held to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

“We have the record of a captured person and an apprehended minor whose rights were restored. At the moment We have no report of injuries or other major affectations. We continue to call for common sense and good judgment of the citizens so that these days do not end in criminal acts and violence, ”reported General Eliecer Camacho, commander of the Bogotá Metropolitan Police.

During the day, there were some traffic jams due to the passage of the marches and at night many citizens had to walk back to their homes, as reported by Councilor Lucía Bastidas.

“This is the reality that Claudia López, the Secretary of Government, is unaware of: the Stations of the Cross of hundreds of Usme citizens today due to the cancellation of Transmilenio feeders due to the vandalism of the First Line in protests of the National Strike. What does the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá do? Nothing, ”he trilled.

The lobbyist also published videos of citizens where the damage to some Transmilenio stations is recorded.

“Bogotá on the loose, every march always ends in vandalism under the passive gaze of the Mayor’s Office, the Secretary of Government, the Secretary of Security. The city got out of hand. If they recognize it, they can intervene, otherwise they keep fuming ”, added.

The Bogotá Police Commander also pointed out that there were some attacks against members of the Bogotá Police.

“We can observe in the video material that members of the National Police at different times try to withdraw from the place of intervention, but these vandals keep throwing forceful elements at them to affect their integrity ”, he pointed.

Camacho also recalled that for similar events, in previous months of the national strike, those who organize them are being prosecuted.

“Likewise, the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation has been accompanying the judicial processes against the criminals who are organizing these criminal activities. at night in different parts of the city ”, he concluded.

So far in 2021, 79 women have been murdered in Bogotá

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is commemorated this November 25, the District Secretariat for Women of Bogotá, through the Observatory of Women and Gender Equity (Omeg), revealed that, Between January and October 2021, 79 women have been murdered in the country’s capital.

According to the entity’s report, the majority of homicides against women in Bogotá were concentrated at the beginning of the year. In fact, data from the Secretariat indicated that mayo, month of the celebration of Mother’s Day, It has been the time when more murders against this population were registered in the city: 15 in total.

High impact crimes against women in Bogotá, between January and October 2021. Photo: Secretariat for Women
High impact crimes against women in Bogotá, between January and October 2021. Photo: Secretariat for Women

The report also revealed that, this year, sexual crimes against women increased by 9 percent compared to 2020, March being the month in which the most victims were reported: 432. In that same month, there was also an increase in personal injuries against women, with 2,445 cases recorded.

“In Bogotá with a cut-off as of October 31, 2021, 79 murders of women were registered and the Attorney General’s Office has classified 16 of these crimes as femicides, we call to denounce taking the first step (…) we can prevent and reject violence against women ”, assured the Secretary for Women, Diana Rodríguez Franco, in dialogue with RCN Radio.

Regarding the localities of Bogotá that have been most affected by crimes against women, the Secretariat announced that, 55 percent of reported cases Between January and October of this year, they have been presented in five areas of the city: Suba, Kennedy, Bosa, Ciudad Bolívar and Engativá.

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