Political demonstrations in Latin America are loud. The volume goes beyond the chanting and occasional drum beats that accompany marches and rallies that I’ve attended and covered in North America and Europe. There are horns, whistles, banging on pots and pans. Underpasses amplify the decibels to death metal concert levels.
There’s lots of commerce, too, of the practical sort. Vendors sell fruit, juice, empanadas and snacks. They make sure that rain ponchos, umbrellas and hats are available when necessary. And yes, whistles and horns.
Here’s a quick collection of shots of some of what could be seen on the fringes of a yesterday’s “March of Dignity” demonstration here in Bogota, organized by former President Alvaro Uribe and his right-wing Democratic Center party to protest the government’s ongoing peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.
It was a relatively small gathering, but it was loud.
Like my last photo walk post, these were all taken in Bogota’s Santa Fe, La Candelaria and Teusaquillo barrios.
Hat vendor. It’s not the first time I’ve captured police and hat vendors in the same frame.
Three sisters sitting in front of a large mural by Colombian street artist Stinkfish on Carrera 7. I walk by this beautiful piece nearly every day and have noticed that it’s a magnet for street people.
A midday snooze on Carrera 7, or Seventh Avenue.
A street vendor below The Invisible Kiss, which is at ten stories high, the city’s tallest mural.
Ramon Marin, a cyclist pedaling around the city for 50 consecutive hours to honor all the victims of Colombia’s 51-year-old conflict. When this was taken he still had 22 hours to go.
A street performer, Carrera 7.
Sidewalk book sale. 2000 pesos, or 68 cents, apiece, or three for 5000.
Pigeons surround a man sleeping on Carrera 7.
The offices of the national daily El Tiempo. I don’t know when or why their building front was paint-bombed.
And for the record, the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 583rd straight, All were taken on 07 August 2015 in Bogota, Colombia.