Police officers and officials held in Caquetá, Colombia are released | News

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The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, confirmed this Friday that the police officers and officials of the Emerald Energy oil company who were detained during the protest of peasant communities in San Vicente del Caguan, department of Caquetá (south) were released.


Two dead reported in peasant protest in southern Colombia

The president reported that thanks to the efforts of the Minister of Defense, Iván Velásquez Gómez, as well as the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada, "the release of all police personnel and oil company officials who were held for peasants in San Vicente del Caguan".

In addition, the head of state asserted that he will personally dialogue with the peasants about their needs, complaints and claims.

For its part, the Colombian Ombudsman's Office indicated, through its account on the social network Twitter, that they mediated to reach an agreement between the Government and the peasant communities, which allowed the release of 78 police officers and six workers from the oil.

“We appreciate that the parties have advanced a dialogue that would allow an end to the tension generated by the confrontation between the peasant communities and the public force, which left the sad balance of a police officer and a peasant dead, but that will allow the dialogues to be resumed. between the parties to seek substantive solutions to the complex social and economic situation of the communities in the region”, said the Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo Assis.


In turn, the correspondent for teleSUR in Colombia, Hernán Tobar, explained that the situation occurred after peasants from the San Vicente del Caguan region, who had been protesting for several days in front of the oil company to demand financial resources for the development of the region, to repair the damage caused, had a confrontation with the police.

"There was an escalation of the confrontations with the police, the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (Esmad), which was on guard duty and was present guarding this oil company," he explained.

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