LASA condemns violence by the mobile riot squad (ESMAD) against peaceful movement in Colombia

December 6, 2019

The Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) condemns arbitrariness and deplores the repression and acts of state violence, particularly by the mobile riot squad (Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios, ESMAD) who, together with government officials, sought to silence the political voice of the massive and peaceful movement on November 21st.

It also calls for the competent authorities to initiate rigorous investigations with a view to establishing responsibility for both acts of vandalism and the abuse of the public force specially against the students who demonstrated in and around the universities, as happened on the day of the strike.


About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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