African court representative praises Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court for protecting rights    ERA-Egypt aims for EGP 1.5bn in sales in developers' commercial projects for 2019    Cityscape Egypt focuses on energising real estate market, re-instating confidence    Orange Egypt launches new sports service as 2019 AFCON approaches    At least three people killed in Alexandria building collapse    World Bank to participate in AfricaSan5, FSM5    People You May Know: exhibition daringly reflects Egyptian society's relationships    Egypt retrieves ancient Egyptian gilded coffin smuggled in 2011    Masurian Song and Dance Ensemble EŁK: From Poland to Egypt    Uber Egypt to pay value added tax    Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize    India says two masterminds of Kashmir bombing killed in clash    Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester United    Olympics 2020 Games can be springboard to transform Tokyo: Governor    Sanchez's Man United form will improve with a goal, says Solskjaer    Liverpool favourites against inconsistent Bayern, says Kimmich    Egypt praises US military assistance in fighting extremism: Madbouly    Shoukry heads to Ireland to attend meeting on Palestinian issue    Iran seeks good, brotherly relations with Muslim countries: Rouhani    Hearing sessions to discuss constitutional amendments will be held within two weeks    Armed forces arrest 2,770 individuals over illegal migration attempts    Yields on Egypt's T-Bills down by 0.34 - 0.83% after CBE interest-rate cut    Mastercard incorporates sound as new dimension to customer experience: Beatrice Cornacchia    The untold story of public debt    Egyptian journalist Hassanein Heikal's personal library donated to Bibliotheca Alexandrina    Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organizers stumble to restore glory    UAE announces $1.1 bln of military deals with international companies: IDEX    (AP) Women filmmakers have record showing at Berlin Film Festival    Amid controversy: nasal spray for depression wins FDA panel backing    Bundesliga: Bayern have Dortmund in their sights, but Liverpool have Bayern in theirs    Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement on NFL collusion suit    7 extremists killed in gunfight with security forces in North Sinai    FAO warns of desert locust raids in Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen    Press Syndicate's electoral commission receives no candidacy appeals    Egypt in the heart of Africa    Egypt's police foil bomb attack in Giza: Ministry    Proposed constitutional amendments to be discussed over next two months: Egypt's house speaker    All hands on deck    AUC president to stay    Newsreel    Ismaili are back    Homegrown solutions for Africa    Reporting on change    An interest rate cut on the horizon?    The fallacy of an Arab NATO    Egypt-Africa: More agreements than trade    Open-air museum at Dendera    Colossus to be restored    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Thousands of Colombians march against violence after deadly car bomb
Published in Ahram Online on 20 - 01 - 2019

White flags and balloons filled streets nationwide as thousands of Colombians marched on Sunday to express outrage at violence after a car bomb blamed by the government on ELN rebels killed 20 police cadets and injured dozens.
President Ivan Duque and other political leaders hugged police officials on route to Bogota's main Bolivar Square as tearful protesters chanted "no more terrorism" and handed flowers to security personnel.
In last Thursday's attack, the deadliest in 16 years, a gray Nissan Patrol SUV carrying about 80 kilograms (176 lbs) of high explosive pentolite, broke through checkpoints onto the grounds of the General Santander School in the capital before it detonated, also damaging hundreds of apartments nearby.
Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group has been blamed for the attack, prompting Duque to request Havana capture and extradite 10 rebel commanders in Cuba for peace talks.
The driver of the car, ELN explosives expert Jose Aldemar Rojas, was also killed in the blast, authorities said.
On Sunday, police officers lined the streets emotionally overwhelmed by the flood of support for their fallen comrades, cadets between 18 and 23 years old.
"It fills my heart to see so many marching and supporting us," said a tearful Javier Sosa, dressed in olive green uniform.
Nuns holding white daisies and handkerchiefs marched alongside police singing "a united Colombia will never be defeated."
The bombing has heightened fears that a new wave of attacks had been launched in the Andean nation as a reaction to the right-wing president's stance.
Duque, who took office in August, pledged during his election campaign to toughen the fight against the group and drug-trafficking crime gangs that kill and kidnap civilians.
"This is a symbol of patriotism, public spirit and union," Duque told Reuters as he marched.
"Today we're here as ordinary citizens to reject terrorism and violence. We're honoring the memory of those heroes, of those boys who were vilely murdered."
The ELN, formed by radical Catholic priests in 1964, has not claimed responsibility or issued a public statement, but Duque's demand to arrest its peace negotiators makes it almost impossible for talks to restart.
Cuba has sidestepped Duque's request and said it will abide by the rules set out before talks began.
The negotiation protocols provide security guarantees for guerrilla leaders to return to Colombia and protection from military attacks for an agreed period.
Composed of some 2,000 fighters and considered a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union, the ELN began peace talks with the government of former President Juan Manuel Santos in early 2017, but they were suspended by Duque until the group frees its hostages and stops attacks.
The latest incident was the deadliest car bomb attack since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attacked Bogota's upmarket El Nogal social club in 2003, killing 36.
Car bombs were frequently used during decades of civil war but the worst of the violence, which killed some 260,000, ended in 2016 when peace was signed with FARC.


Clic here to read the story from its source.