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Colombians Demand an End to Wave of Activist Killings

Colombians Demand an End to Wave of Activist Killings

Friday, 06 July 2018 09:38 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians are gathering in plazas across the country to demand an end to a wave of killings of activists that threatens to undermine a fragile peace process.

People lighted candles Friday night to draw attention to the 311 rural activists and human rights defenders that Colombian authorities say have been killed since 2016. That's the year a peace deal was signed with leftist rebels.

The protest comes a little more than two weeks after the presidential election victory by conservative Ivan Duque, who has criticized aspects of the accord.

The gatherings were prodded by the killing of a campaign coordinator for Duque's leftist rival in the polarizing race. Ana Maria Cortes died Tuesday when an unidentified attacker shot her at a coffee shop in the town of Caceres.

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