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    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

    Students at Bogota's University rioted on May 16, the day after the corpse of the director of the Medical Studies Department had been found bound and gagged.

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    1. GV Students breaking shop window, looting contents. (2 SHOTS) 0.15
    2. GV Riot police in street, students throw rocks. (4 SHOTS) 0.36
    3. GV Riot police retreating under shields. 0.46
    4. GV Police on receiving end of rocks and other objects thrown. 0.48
    5. GV PAN Policeman running with clothing on fire. 0.52
    6. GV Student running away with police shield. 1.00
    7. GV/SV Injured policeman. (2 SHOTS) 1.08
    8. GV Police getting into vehicle. 1.13
    9. SV PAN INT Masked students, some with bloodied clothing, lining up at police headquarters. 1.29
    10. SV/CU Police shield and bloodied helmet. (2 SHOTS) 1.33
    11. CU PULL BACK SV/CU Two students, one holding gun, the other holding bullets. (2 SHOTS) 1.46
    12. GV EXTERIOR Students lying prone on ground outside police headquarters. 2.00
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    Background: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

    Students at Bogota's University rioted on May 16, the day after the corpse of the director of the Medical Studies Department had been found bound and gagged. A number of battles between students and police left one student dead, 21 police injured and more than 100 students under arrest. Police believe the student demonstration was infiltrated by members of three radical guerrilla groups. Some of the protestors wore masks to hide their identities during the fighting, and apparently carried arms, grenades and acid. After one policeman was seriously burned by acid thrown by the demonstrators, riot police eventually moved in on the students and made arrests. The student who died had been shot in the head during the clashes. The university, Colombia's largest centre of education with almost 33,000 students, was closed indefinitely as a result of the riots, and the dean offered his resignation. President Belisario Betancur recently imposed a state of siege throughout the country after the assassination of his justice minister. The minister, Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, had received several death threats following his energetic campaign to stamp out drug trafficking. President Betancur's government has been trying to persuade the two main guerrilla groups in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the M-19 group, to lay down their arms.

    Source: ALVARO HENRIQUEZ

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    Film ID:
    VLVA913X98RBJE4JRXB3XBCZFSQB2
    Media URN:
    VLVA913X98RBJE4JRXB3XBCZFSQB2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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