[Note: The following has been adapted for CPTnet. The release on CPT Colombia's blog contains a gallery of photos showing in more detail the events of the day.]
26 June, forty-five riot police, led by Leonel Gutierrez Lagares, Inspector of
Police of Vijagual, raided the house of Henry Rinc√≥n Rinel, a school teacher in
El Guayabo. After four attempts at eviction over the last year, Inspector
Gutierrez Lagares, with only eighteen hours notice, ordered the surrender of Rinc√≥n‚Äôs
house. Riot police entered the
property, using fifteen tear gas canisters within the span of seven to ten
minutes to disperse community members who had gathered to protect the house and
take control. During that time, riot police caused injury to several
community members including severe reactions to the tear gas, lesions, and
blows to the body. The community remained peaceful during the eviction
and members were surprised by the police violence.
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