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Marches February 8: Carlos Fernando Galán reproached the siege of the Palace of Justice

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Marches February 8: Carlos Fernando Galán reproached the siege of the Palace of Justice

Disorders were recorded on 12th Street and 8th Street, after the intervention of the Metropolitan Police in the blockades. The marches affected the operation of the TransMilenio system

By Johan Manuel Largo and Daniela Beltrán

08 Feb, 2024 06:35 p.m. EST

The mayor reproached the attitude of many during the protests – credit Infobae

“The siege of the Palace of Justice and the pressure on the Supreme Court of Justice are unacceptable,” were the words of the mayor of Bogotá, Carlos Fernando Galán, after the events that occurred in the historic center of the capital during the hours of the late.

Galán called for calm and common sense, and for the protection of institutions. Furthermore, he highlighted that for several hours the district worked jointly with the Court magistrates and the police so that, through dialogue, the blockade at the entrances and exits of the Palace of Justice could be lifted.

“After several attempts, and despite the support of the Bogotá Managers, this instance was exhausted and we began to intervene to unblock access and guarantee the free movement of the magistrates,” added the president.

The mayor was emphatic that the city is a space of respect and ready for the right to peaceful protest, however, he did not hesitate to reproach the compartments of some that were registered during the passing of the hours.

“These demonstrations cannot, for any reason, lead to violence or produce a blockade of the free movement of the magistrates of the high courts. We must surround the Supreme Court of Justice and guarantee that it can freely elect the next Attorney General of the Nation,” he concluded.

TransMilenio Situation

Bogotá’s mass public transportation system, TransMilenio, reported the authorization of the fleet to pass through Carrera Décima. “We are working to restore the frequency of services along this trunk.”

Likewise, the authorities added the recovery of mobility on Carreras 6 and 8 to Calle 12B. Civil Traffic Agents regulate traffic in the area. 12th Street remains closed between Carreras 7 and 8, due to demonstrations.

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Statements by the National Director of the Police, General William Salamanca – credit X

The director of the National Police, General William Salamanca, assured that his men intervened after the disturbance of public order in the protests in Bogotá and Medellín, by strict order of the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro.

By strict orders from the president, who from the first moment ordered to protect, to provide for the demonstrations,” Salamanca said.

Due to mobilization unrelated to the operation, TransMilenio announced several closures – TransMilenio credit

Due to mobilization unrelated to the operation, TransMilenio announced the closures of the San Diego, San Victorino, Las Nieves and Museo del Oro stations. In addition, services MH83, Route 2 and MG47 are returning to the Bicentenario station, services ML82 and MD81 are diverted along the 6th Street, Caracas Avenue and 26th Street in both directions.

For its part, the Ministry of Mobility added that due to the demonstrations on Carrera 10 between Calles 9 and 13, in both directions, alternative routes are suggested: take Circunvalar Avenue and Carrera 24 or Carrera 30.

With a security cordon and in a caravan of several high-end vehicles, the judges of the Supreme Court are evacuated, after agents from the Dialogue and Maintenance of Order Unit dispersed the demonstrations around the Palace of Justice.

In addition, road closures are carried out on Carrera 10 with Calle 6, roundabout, in a north-south direction, due to protests. The protesters are on Carrera 10 between streets 9 and 13, causing road damage in both directions.

Through a security cordon and in a caravan of several high-end vehicles, the judges of the Supreme Court are evacuated – credit X

Incidents are recorded on 12th Street and 8th Street, after the intervention of the Metropolitan Police in the blockades of the Supreme Court of Justice

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Incidents are recorded on 12th Street and Carrera Octava – credit XAuthorities take control in the historic center of the capital – credit X Protesters confront the authorities – credit

Through a statement to the public, the Attorney General’s Office rejected the acts of violence “perpetrated” against the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as the attacks on public servants, journalists and the infrastructure of the Palace of Justice.

The organization highlighted its solidarity with the magistrates that comprise it and called for full respect for their autonomy and independence. In addition, he added that the prosecutor’s office formed a work team made up of prosecutors and investigators from the Technical Investigation Corps, in order to carry out the corresponding urgent actions.

“And exercise criminal action against possible criminal acts that have been committed. The institution emphasizes the importance of exercising the right to citizen protest within the legal framework, as well as respecting the democratic channels provided for in the Constitution,” the entity added.

Given the situation that is being recorded in the Palace of Justice, the president, Gustavo Petro, spoke out on his X account and indicated that his government will not allow peaceful demonstrations to be marred by infiltrators.

“In my government, infiltrators are not allowed in the marches with political objectives other than those of the protesters. These people sent to blockade the palace must be deeply investigated. The order to the police is to clear the doors respectfully but forcefully. Spot.”

Gustavo Petro will not allow infiltrators in the marches – @Jorge_BastidasR/X

High courts condemned the siege of the Palace of Justice: “Democracy remains in suspense”

The Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Justice condemned the siege of their headquarters and warned that although they respect social mobilization, this is not carte blanche to pressure the magistrates.

From the high court they called for common sense and calm – credit Supreme Court of Justice

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After more than two hours of siege of the Palace of Justice, the Supreme Court of Justice and the Constitutional Court rejected the siege of the headquarters of the high courts, called for common sense and calm, while recognizing “legitimacy of free citizen mobilization”, but they call attention so that the institutions of Justice are not blocked, pressured or intimidated and warn that democracy could be left in suspense

Magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice are under siege, the protesters blocked all access to the Palace of Justice.

However, authorities evacuate the officials from the Palace of Justice at the corner of 11th Street and Seventh Street. The Metropolitan Police guarantees security in the area.

Officials from the Palace of Justice are evacuated from the corner of 11th Street and Carrera Séptima – créditpo

They control the situation in Medellín

Protesters harass provocation from Udmo units, which seek violence to delegitimize social protest – credit

Medellín authorities have just restored mobility in both directions of the northern highway, in the vicinity of the Prosecutor’s Office Bunker. However, protesters harass provocation from Udmo units, which seek violence to delegitimize social protest.

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For the former senator and candidate for Mayor of Bogotá, prominent political figures should not replicate anonymous messages on social networks

Former senator Jorge Enrique Robledo referred to a graphic piece that warns of civil war – credit Visible Congress / Social networks /

On Thursday, February 8, the marches called by President Gustavo Petro, making a popular call for “decency,” advanced calmly in the majority of agreed concentration points in the country; However, the war on social networks does not seem to end.

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