Despite all opposition to reveal the facts about the assassination of Dilan Cruz, the streets in Colombia’s capital resist to remain silent.
Dilan Cruz was hit by a projectile fired by riot police during an anti-government protest on November 2019 held on the downtown of Bogotá.
Since then, many of the protesters have raised their voices in different ways to denounce actions and procedures by Esmad, the riot police squad which have killed many other civilians.
According to the web site bbc.com Since the death of Dilan, protesters have added the demand for the dissolution of the squat force «ESMAD».
These demands also include calls for the government to drop a proposed tax reform and implementation and fulfillment of the peace agreement signed with left-wing Farc rebels in 2016.
FACING CENSORSHIP, THE STREETS RESIST TO REMAIN SILENT
Right after November 23rd when when Dilan was killed, groups of artist took over the streets to demand for justice in this new case of state terrorism. Doing so, the walls of the city became the show room where the citizens expressed their opinions and demands.
Unfortunately, these demands are not well received by government supporters and police institution; In different parts of the city is common to see how the posters or graffiti related to this «crime of state » have been censored or painted over.
This act of censorship is seen as an effort to keep voices silent and to avoid people refer to the issue in any possible way. In other words to shut up and forget what happened.
In order to face the censorship, cultural and artistic interventions are held along the city; If one poster or graffiti is censored, another two are painted to keep the memory of Dilan alive.
Last 23rd of October, just one month before the annual commemoration of his death, different artist got together with one common purpose; to claim for justice. Using the slogan «las calles no callan» the streets resist to remain silent, the artist with the help of the community put posters on the commercial area surrounding the place where the violent issues happened.
This act of using visual arts to demand, denounce or express social injustice is known as «scratche»
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