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Colombia: Protests Turn Violent

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

A march in support of farmers turned violent in Bogotá Aug. 30, leaving two dead. The demonstrators threw bricks and blocked highways, prompting Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos to deploy 50,000 troops to counter further violence and to keep roadways clear. Nearly 30,000 were involved in the initial action and farmers plan to continue roadside [read more]

Colombia: Deadly Volcano Erupts Outside Bogota

Date: November 14th, 2012 | No Comments

The Nevada del Ruiz volcano, located in a national park about 80 miles west of Bogota, erupted Nov. 9 with a six-mile column that dropped a layer of ash over the Tolima and Caldas regions. The government has placed surrounding communities on red alert, although no evacuations have been ordered at this time. The volcano, [read more]

Colombia: Street Vendors’ Protest Shuts Down Medellin

Date: October 3rd, 2012 | No Comments

An impromptu protest in Medellin turned violent Oct. 1, leading to injuries for at least three people and 39 arrests. When no one from the government showed up to discuss their trading rights as planned, a group of street vendors began blocking downtown roads and routes to the city center. Riot police arrived on the [read more]

Colombia: Pilgrims Robbed on Road Up Monserrate

Date: January 12th, 2011 | 1 comment

The 17th-century Monserrate church is a pilgrimage site and popular tourist attraction atop Monserrate mountain overlooking Bogota. There are three ways to get there, by aerial tram, funicular railway or climbing an old road to the summit. One is not safe, a group of 30 tourists discovered recently when they were calmly and efficiently robbed [read more]

Colombia: U.S. Peace Corps to Return to Colombia This Fall

Date: May 19th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. Peace Corps will return to Colombia for the first time in almost three decades this year following the signing of an agreement by Colombia’s foreign minister and the Peace Corps’ director May 18. The Peace Corps’ last presence in Colombia was in 1981, and its return this fall was prompted by a 2009 [read more]

Colombia: Coffee Growers’ Strike Disrupts Road Travel

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Protests erupted across the country Feb. 24 as some 30,000 coffee growers went on strike, demanding better government protection and subsidies in light of last year’s poor crop and falling prices. Non-critical injuries were reported from some areas, including Bogota and Medellin, after police were called in to clear blocked roadways and restore order. Calling [read more]

Colombia: Ongoing Violence Prompts Updated Travel Warning

Date: October 23rd, 2012 | No Comments

Although security has improved overall, the U.S. Department of State has issued an updated travel warning following recent security-related incidents, including a car bombing that killed two people and injured 60 more in central Bogota. Parts of Bogota and Cartagena cities are considered very dangerous, and travel restrictions are in place for U.S. government employees [read more]

Colombia: Government Prepares for Eruption from Deadly Volcano

Date: April 25th, 2012 | No Comments

The government is preparing for the imminent eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, which has become increasingly active, emitting columns of gas and steam. The Interior Ministry ordered the fire departments of 19 municipalities to stand prepared for an eruption, as calls for contingency plans involving evacuation are being heard. Nevado del Ruiz is [read more]

Colombia: Medellín Drug Violence Returning

Date: June 16th, 2010 | No Comments

Medellín may be reverting to its old, violent ways. The city once known for drug king Pablo Escobar and narcotics violence went through a renaissance and became one of Colombia’s most popular and cultured cities, often referred to as the Miracle of Medellín. But now drug gangs are fighting a turf war in Comuna 13, [read more]

Colombia: Drug Violence Rocks Cartagena, Gang Robs Hostel Guests

Date: January 27th, 2010 | No Comments

Cartagena, Colombia’s primary tourist city on the Caribbean Sea, largely escaped the years of violence from drug gangs in cities such as Medellin and Cali, but its luck may be running out. A series of assassinations in the first weeks of this year have authorities worried that drug gangs from elsewhere are now fighting over [read more]

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