Cuba protests expulsion of Colombian diplomat

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Communities have been watching in honor of victims of protests in Colombia for 10 days | Photo: Playback / Twitter / DefensoriaCol

The Cuban communist regime summoned the Colombian ambassador on Friday (7) to provide clarification after the Colombian government expelled a Cuban diplomat from the country the day before, amid a wave of violent protests in the South American country.

On Thursday, the Colombian Foreign Ministry accused Omar Rafael García Lazo, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Bogotá, of carrying out “activities incompatible” with the rules of diplomatic relations of the Vienna Convention, without giving more details . García Lazo was considered a persona non grata and was forced to leave Colombia within a few days.

A Cuban official said the Colombian ambassador in Havana was summoned to a meeting where he would receive “a verbal and forceful complaint” against the Colombian government’s decision.

“The unwarranted action aims to divert the attention of the international community and Colombian society from the violent crackdown on protesters by military and police forces who killed dozens and injured hundreds,” the Cuban ministry accused of Foreign Affairs on social networks.

Cuban state media paid close attention to the protests in Colombia, which lasted for ten days and triggered a tax hike proposal from Iván Duque’s government. The Cuban regime is also facing a new wave of dissident protests in the country, which has received international support.

Colombian President Iván Duque tabled the tax reform proposal that sparked the protests and links the riots to the actions of gangs and terrorist organizations like the ELN and FARC dissidents.

Human rights organization Human Rights Watch on Thursday reported 37 murders allegedly committed by the police, 11 victims of sexual violence, 234 victims of physical violence and 934 arbitrary arrests against protesters in Colombia. Country officials say 26 civilians have been killed since April 28, when protests began.

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