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Colombia on Fire — Part 2

Dancer protesting at Parque de las Luces in Medellin, Clombia. (Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
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From April to June 2021, our editor visited Colombia and experienced the extraordinary beauty, abundant culture and rich history beyond the drug legacy often associated with it. During that time, protests engulfed the country on many fronts. Our local photographer, Jhonatan Rodriguez, captured much of the action from the center of protests in Medellin in June. Here is his take. (Check out Part 1 here.)

Dancer protesting at Parque de las Luces in Medellin:

Dancer protesting at Parque de las Luces in Medellin, Clombia. (Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Doctors from the Leon XIII Hospital supporting the protests:

Doctors from the Leon XIII Hospital supporting the protests in Medellin, Colombia (Image credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Frontline protesters blocking the road in Medellin:

Frontline protesters blocking the road in Medellin, Colombia (Image credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Frontline protesters blocking the road. The sign reads: “For all the forgotten towns and for the victims of the armed conflict in my Bajo Cauca, Taraza is here!!”

Frontline protesters blocking the road. The sign reads: "For all the forgotten towns and for the victims of the armed conflict in my Bajo Cauca, Taraza is here!!" (Image credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Frontline protesters making noise on a Medellin street to make themselves felt and heard:

Colombian Frontline protesters making noise on a Medellin street to make themselves felt and heard (Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

The government wasn’t about to take the protests lying down, though, with security forces deploying tear gas.

Frontline protester escaping tear gas from Colombian security forces:

Frontline protester escaping tear gas from Colombian security forces (Image credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Frontline protester running to get hospital assistance:

Frontline protester in Medellin, Colombia running to get hospital assistance (Image credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

One focal point of anger for the protesters was the EXITO supermarket chain, which has been accused of working with Colombian national police in the disappearance and torture of protesters in one of its stores.

A group of people wanted to set the EXITO store on fire, writing “Accomplices to the 1312 Killers” on the door:

A group of people in Medellin, Colombia wanted to set the EXITO store on fire, writing "Accomplices to the 1312 Killers" on the door (Image credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Protest sigh reads: “He died from a stray bullet. Did a cop do it?”

Protest sign reads: "He died from a stray bullet. Did a cop do it?" (Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Protest sign reads: “In Colombia, you don’t live, you survive”:

Protest sign reads: "In Colombia, you don't live, you survive" (Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)

Indigenous communities in the Medellin protests:

Indigenous communities in the Medellin, Colombia protests (Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
(Photo credit: Jhonatan Rodriguez)
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