Indigenous Colombians Topple Conquistador Statue In Capital
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Fri 07th May 2021 | 11:30 PM
Bogota, May 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th May, 2021 ) :Indigenous people in Colombia on Friday knocked down a statue of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, who founded the capital Bogota, as protests against the government continued.
At least 26 people have died in clashes between demonstrators and security forces since protests against President Ivan Duque's government began on April 28, originally against a now abandoned tax reform.
"Historically he was the biggest slaughterer, torturer, thief and rapist of our women and our children," the group said in a statement.
They are waging a historic dispute over land rights but have often been the victims of Colombia's multi-faceted conflict pitting left-wing guerrillas, drug-traffickers, right-wing paramilitaries and the armed forces against each other.