Victims’ week begins today with Marches for Peace

At least 2,000 people took part in the March for Peace in Medellín, which began at the Casa de la Memoria, in Bicentennial Park; participants walked along Oriental Ave, San Juan,and ended at the Alpujarra administrative center.

The Mira Party, Forjando Futuros, sectors of the Democratic Pole,  victims’ rights groups, Marcha Patriótica and students from the University of Antioquia participated as well as Antioquia’s Governorship and other government entities. Former hostages Sigifredo López and Oscar Tulio Lizano were also there.

The Mira Party demanded “real participation of the civil society and more of it on the negotiating table in Havana, Cuba.”  Gerardo Vega of Forjando Futuros said the march is meant to support a negotiated solution to the armed conflict.

An entire week dedicated to the millions of victims of the armed conflict begins today with demonstrations, symbolic acts, ceremonies to hand over land titles to displaced victims and a dance and music show performed by more than 100 people affected by violence. President Santos announced he would be present in a few of the day’s events.

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