Juan Páez

Photographer
  
They are killing us
Location: Bogota
Nationality: Colombia
Biography: Freelance photographer, based in Bogotá, Colombia, I have worked as a photojournalist in different Colombian media, news agencies and organizations such as Colprensa, EFE, AFP, RedBull, ANDI, Bloomberg, EIA, Own Agenda, PNUD. I focus on... MORE
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They are killing us
Copyright Juan Páez 2022
Date of Work Apr 2021 - Ongoing
Updated May 2021
Location BOGOTA
Topics Documentary, Human Rights, Military, National Strike, Photography, Protests, SOSColombia, Spotlight
Summary
In April 2021, the citizen protest takes to the streets, thousands of young people in all the cities of Colombia. The setback in the economy, the conservation of the environment and the peace agreements with the FARC guerrillas. After a year of the pandemic and the economic fall it generated, anger took to the streets. The government's response was violent and disproportionate, over the days thousands of abuses and excesses by the police against protesters who systematically violated human rights were reported, causing disappearances, homicides.

They are killing us.

(2020 - 2021) Youth, Cities, Demonstrations, Strikes, Police violence, armed conflict.



In april 2021, the citizen protest tooks to the streets. Hundred thousands of young people in different cities of Colombia demonstrated for a tax reform that squeezed more taxes from the poorest population. Also for the missgoverment from Ivan Duque wich represent the traditional far right who has directed the country around 200 years gave a step back in economy, the environmental conservation, and the peace agreements with the FARC guerrilla. After a year of the pandemic and the economic fall that it generated, the rage took to the streets. The government’s response was vio- lent and disproportionate, thousands of abuses and excesses by the police against pro- testers who systematically violated human rights were denounced over the days. In 2021 and on June 26, 2021, at least 4,687 cases of violence occurred by the Public Force (not including cases of disappearances). Within these cases, it was possible to identify: 44 homicides whose alleged aggressors are policemen. 228 victims of firearm injuries. 2005 arbitrary arrests of passersby or people who were not part of violent acts. In some cases it was possible to verify attacks by civilians shooting at protesters.


The coverage was carried out in Bogotá, the city where I am currently based. Do- cumenting the demonstrations that mostly turned violent sought to refute what the traditional media transmitted. The stigmatization of those who take to the streets to protest is a method that for decades Colombian governments have believed valid to confront the “internal enemy” consequences of an internal conflict of almost 7 decades that has treated the young population as terrorist who demand education, social inclusion and a honest conviction to erradicate structural poverty.

Nos están matando.
(2020 - 2021) Juventud, Ciudades, Manifestaciones, Huelgas, Violencia policial, conflicto armado.


En abril de 2021, la protesta ciudadana toma las calles. Cientos de miles de jóvenes en diferentes ciudades de Colombia se manifestaron por una reforma tributaria que exprimiera más impuestos a la población más pobre. También por el desgobierno de Iván Duque, representante de la extrema derecha tradicional que ha dirigido el país alrededor de 200 años, dio un paso atrás en la economía, la conservación del medio ambiente y los acuerdos de paz con la guerrilla de las FARC. Luego de un año de la pandemia y la caída económica que generó, la rabia tomó las calles. La respuesta del gobierno fue violenta y desproporcionada, a lo largo de los días se denunciaron miles de abusos y excesos de la policía contra los manifestantes que violaron sistemáticamente los derechos humanos. Desde abril 28 del 2021 y al 26 de junio de 2021 se produjeron al menos 4.687 casos de violencia por parte de la Fuerza Pública (sin incluir casos de desapariciones). Dentro de estos casos se logró identificar: 44 homicidios cuyos presuntos agresores son policías. 228 víctimas por heridas de arma de fuego. 2005 detenciones arbitrarias de transeúntes o personas que no formaban parte de hechos violentos. En algunos casos fue posible verificar ataques de civiles disparando contra los manifestantes.

La cobertura se realizó en Bogotá, ciudad donde resido actualmente. Documentar las manifestaciones que en su mayoría se tornaron violentas buscó desmentir lo que transmitían los medios tradicionales. La estigmatización de quienes salen a la calle a protestar es un método que durante décadas los gobiernos colombianos han creído válido para enfrentar las consecuencias del “enemigo interno” de un conflicto interno de casi 7 décadas que ha tratado a la población joven como terrorista que exige educación, inclusión social y una honesta convicción para erradicar la pobreza estructural

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