Muros Invisibles
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Muros Invisibles

Meet ESMAD, the deadly Colombian riot police protesters want abolished

Police in Colombia aren’t just militarized, they’re controlled by the military. Critics say that needs to change

July 20th, Bogota Colombia- ESMAD battles protesters (photo by Jordan Stern, used with permission)

Bogotá, Colombia — Clad in black tacti-cool stormtrooper armor and armed with clubs, the vanguard of the riot police advance. A second line launches tear gas…

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Joshua Collins

Joshua Collins

A reporter on immigration and world affairs, based in Cucuta, Colombia. Bylines at Al Jazeera, Caracas Chronicles, New Humanitarian and more