Thousands of students, professors, university directors of 32 public universities in Colombia participated in the National March in Defense of Higher Education to demand higher budgets and transparency from the national government Wednesday.
According to reports, there have been at least 160 social leaders killed in Colombia this year.
The minister said his government has received several requests from citizens abroad to return to Venezuela.
The premier canceled his trip over progress that was made at the time in talks regarding an emerging Israel-Hamas deal, which has since been cast into doubt amid tensions along the Gaza border.
Duque’s administration said it would review Santos’ decision on Palestine, but acknowledged that it was legal.
The new Colombian government “will cautiously examine” the “implications” of the decision and “will act according to international law,” Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a statement.
On Wednesday, during a radio interview, Macias said: “Alvaro Uribe has reconsidered his decision (…) he heard the pleas of the parties, including the left-wing parties, not to abandon parliament.”
The current homicide rate, 22 per 100,000 residents, has placed Mexico nearer to the elevated homicide rates of Colombia and Brazil, which record 27 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Mario Montoya, a former Colombian military commander and close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe, has agreed to submit himself to the South American country’s war tribunal July 22, accused of having ties to paramilitary groups and the mass execution of civilians.
Several cities around the world joined Colombia’s vigil Friday to protest the systematic murder of social and community leaders.
Ana Maria Cortes, a social leader and the coordinator of Gustavo Petro’s presidential campaign in the city of Caceres, Antioquia was murdered Wednesday.
Luis Barrios, a communal leader in Palmar de Varela, in the department of the Atlantic, was also murdered Wednesday. Barrios was known for organizing protests against corruption in the municipal hospital and revealing local networks for micro-trafficking.
Senator Rubio has close political ties with the Colombian right wing, and has been one of the main voices in the U.S. establishment calling for pressure on Venezuela…. Duque has close personal ties to the United States, where he worked and lived for 10 years as a consultant for the Development Bank of Latin America and the International Development Bank.
Carlos Jimmy Prado Gallardo, Julio Cesar Montalvo, Orlando Negre and ex-FARC fighter Frady Estiver Chica Chica were latest victims of the violence.
Some 36 million Colombians are eligible to vote, according to a March 2018 electoral census.
Colombia will be part, starting next week, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the first Latin American „global partner“, announced on Friday the president of that nation, Juan Manuel Santos.
„We will formalize in Brussels next week -and this is very important- the entry of Colombia into NATO in the category of global partner, we will be the only country in Latin America with this privilege,“ the president said in a televised address from the presidential Narino Palace.
United States officials were well aware that Colombia’s former president Alvaro Uribe Velez campaigned in 1993 using donations from drug cartels, according to a series of recently declassified files published by the U.S. National Security Archive Friday.
Human rights groups decried the recent killings of Colombian social activists Maria Magdalena Cruz Rojas and Belisario Benavidez Ordoñez in two separate attacks on Good Friday as Colombia’s environmental activists, social leaders and human rights defenders continue to face persecution as the government fails to provide the necessary security measures to protect them from increasing threats from armed group and paramilitaries.