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Colombia: Clashes erupt as students protest alleged police brutality

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Clashes erupted between student protesters and police in Bogota on Monday, as students were protesting both the creation and alleged abuses of Colombia’s Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron (ESMAD).

Protesters can be seen being pushed back into and taking cover within the Pedagogical University of Bogota. Protesters barricaded themselves within the gates, over which they and police hurled tear gas cannisters back at once another.

ESMAD is a riot control unit of Colombia’s national police force which specializes in crowd control and combatting riots, but has faced numerous accusations of police brutality by students and human rights groups.

The protests come on the 21st anniversary of ESMAD’s establishment.

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