The attorney general for Human Rights asked the Public Force to take control of the situation.
While the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, met on February 8 with the United Nations Security Council, the protesters, mostly affiliated with Fecode and other unions, marched to pressure the Supreme Court of Justice to end to elect a prosecutor, from the shortlist sent last August by the head of state. The marchers decided to gather in front of the headquarters of the High Court and besiege the magistrates.
That episode reminded Colombians of the assault on the Palace of Justice by the M-19 on November 6, 1985, when several magistrates and civilians were immolated.
Given this delicate situation, the Attorney General’s Office asked the protest leaders stationed in front of the Bogotá Palace of Justice to respect the integrity of the judges and other officials of the judicial branch who remain inside the building.
After carrying out a verification at the scene, the delegate for Human Rights, Javier Sarmiento, was able to verify that at least 350 police officers arrived at the site to reinforce security and that, in an attempt to force their way into the judicial premises , the protesters beat an official.
Sarmiento asked the Public Force to deploy an operation to allow the departure of magistrates and officials.
“We call on the protesters to carry out their protests peacefully, as is their right, and on the Police to take control of the situation and preserve the security of public servants and facilities of the Palace of Justice, only in this way will it be possible.” possible to guarantee the life and safety of all those involved.”