Dozens of protesters gathered in Columbus in the aftermath of the police murder of a man in a hospital, in which police shot the seemingly unarmed man as he attempted to escape the facility. Police attacked the demonstration, pepper spraying the frontline of protesters and making one arrest.
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Police have not killed anyone more since the September 12th update, but ~50 more injuries have occurred as well as several dozen arrests. Protesters are consolidating their areas of control over Bogota, and are still in the streets in Bucaramanga and Medellin. Protests have also been sparked by allegations of sexual violence against arrested women in Bogota.
Over 100 Portlanders returned to the weekly march for Patrick Kimmons, a black man killed by police in 2018, whose mother has led marches every week since July demanding the reopening of the case. Cheers of support came from many neighbors, and the police also were notified of the march when it came around to their precinct. Letha Winston (Kimmons’ mother) then stopped the march, led chants, and gave speeches regarding updates on the case.
Around 1000 students in Athens marched in opposition to a law passed by the Greek Ministry of Education, which would create an independent police force within universities after a decades-long ban on such a law following a massacre of student protesters by the military junta in 1973.
Belgian Youth Continue Riots in Brussels
Belgian youth in Brussels continued to ramp up occupation of several areas into New Year’s day, clashing with police and setting fires against state repression and brutality against people’s movements.