- by theguardian
- 21 Sep 2023
While the systemic brutality used by Colombian police to quell national protests in 2021 was real and is well documented, photos recently used by Amnesty International to highlight the issue were not.
The images, including one of a woman being dragged away by police officers, depict the scenes during protests that swept across Colombia in 2021.
But any more than a momentary glance at the images reveals that something is off.
The faces of the protesters and police are smoothed-off and warped, giving the image a dystopian aura.
Amnesty and other observers have documented hundreds of cases of human rights abuses committed by Colombian police during the wave of unrest in 2021, among them violence, sexual harassment and torture.
Their research has raised awareness of the heavy-handedness of Colombian police and contributed to the growing acceptance of the need for reform.
In cases documented by BogotÃ¡-based Temblores, women were abducted, taken to dark buildings, and raped by groups of policemen.
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