Statement by the Deputy Spokesperson of the Department of State, Jalina Porter, Washington D.C.

May 4, 2021

The United States is deeply saddened by the loss of life during protests throughout Colombia in recent days, and sends its condolences to the families and friends of all victims.

All over the world, citizens in democratic countries have the unquestionable right to protest peacefully. Violence and vandalism is an abuse of that right.

At the same time, we urge the utmost restraint by public forces to prevent additional loss of life. We recognize the Government of Colombia’s commitment to investigate reports of police excesses and address any violations of human rights.

We continue to support the Colombian government’s efforts to address the current situation through political dialogue.

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