Following the discovery of the Spanish Galeón San José after more than 300 years below the waves, plans are now afoot to explore the wreck and bring it to land.
Black weekend at the start of July with deaths of two more social activists. Amnesty International says killings ‘will leave an indelible stain on any resulting peace accord.’
On June 27, the FARC completed its disarmament process in a historic ceremony held in the central town of Mesetas, Meta. A UN mission verified the handover of 7,132 personal weapons that are now stored in special containers, ready to be shipped off and melted down.
Hydraulic fracturing – or simply ‘fracking’ – is a method of extracting oil and gas which has made its way from the US across most of South America and is in exploratory stages in Colombia. The possibility that fracking in Colombia might be allowed has sparked controversy – Steffan Frydkjær finds out more about this controversial extraction method.
Another historic step as UN confirm 7,132 weapons handed over in FARC disarmament, marking an end to the guerilla’s armed insurgency.
Authorities continue to search for survivors after Guatapé boat tragedy leaves nine dead and 15 missing. The ‘El Almirante’ was carrying about 170 passengers when it sank in the well-known Antioquia tourist destination.
On June 16 the Ministry of Education reached an agreement with the teachers’ union Fecode (Federación Colombiana de Educadores), ending a teachers’ strike which lasted for over a month and had left the public education system paralysed.
One French woman and two Colombians were killed in the Andino bombing that exploded in the popular shopping centre on Saturday June 17 at 5pm. Authorities promise to bring those responsible to justice.
Less than halfway through the year, Colombia has seen a significant number of civil and union strikes across the territory, with teachers’ strikes in major cities and civil action in Chocó and Buenaventura.
The death of Fabián Herrera has put escopolamina and similar drugs such as benzodiazepine that cause memory loss and high levels of suggestibility back in the headlines.