The use of the Venom, a weapon designed for war and with indiscriminate effects, is one of the most violent faces of the police repression that Colombia experienced during the social outbreak of 2021. The country recalls the case of the student Sebastián Quintero Munera, 23 years, who died in Popayán (Cauca) from injuries associated with that device. According to official information, in less than three months it was used by the Colombian police on 48 different occasions, although media reports such as zero seventy tracked down another 13 cases in which it was used that went unreported.
At the time, Human Rights Watch He had denounced the use of this device to disperse crowds and had corroborated that in Bogotá, the public force has also used tanks with these projectiles aimed at demonstrators. “We know of no history of the use of this multiple projectile launcher in any other country in Latin America,” said José Miguel Vivanco, then director for the Americas at HRW.
Video: Diego Forero
Production, script, research: Tania Tapia Jáuregui
Edition: Maria Teresa Ronderos and Natalia Arenas
Graphic design: Erika Ramos
Video support: Simona Delgado
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