The Spanish anarchist website A Las Barricadas reports that Nicolás Neira Alvarez, a 15-year-old student who was marching with an anarchist contingent May 1 in Bogota when it was attacked by the riot police, has died of injuries sustained that day. Nicolas died on the sixth in the hospital, after five days in a coma. Apparently the target of the police attack–with tear gas and savage beatings–was the contingent of the Polo Democratico, a left-opposition party to which Bogota’s Mayor Lucho Garzon belongs. Since the police are controlled by the national government in Colombia, this may be hardline President Alvaro Uribe’s way of sending a message to the populist mayor. This was the second Mayday since Garzon took office, and the second to see harsh police violence. (See WW4 REPORT #93)
The special police unit involved in the incident, the Metropolitan Anti-Disturbance Security Corps (SMAD), also brutally attacked marchers at the Medellin Mayday celebration last year, resulting in several injured, as we reported at the time.
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