The State Department strongly warns of American citizens converging on large crowds in Bogotá due to the possibility of violence. When I saw the protest start, what did I do? Grab my camera and run straight for the action. After a few hours of escaping tear gas, water cannons, and unnecessary violence, I found myself in possession of some truly astonishing images. Here is a collection of my favorite images, documenting the events of the day.
I was thoroughly impressed with the security and how the situation was handled. I tip my hat to the entire police force of Bogotá, Colombia. These men and women risk their lives every day while fighting for a common goal of a safe and united Colombia. Unfortunately, they have to put up with punks who believe that destroying Bogotá is the most effective way of protesting.
One very important note. Days like this in Colombia happen only on a rare occasion. Since my arrival in Bogotá, not once have I ever felt in danger. Colombia has truly undergone a rebirth, and although protests happen occasionally, the security situation is extremely stable. Even while documenting the events of the day, I was never worried about my own safety or the safety of my friends.
Everything was taken on my Canon SD1000 and edited with Adobe Lightroom 2. If there are any questions about a particular photo, feel free to message me.