She is said to have joined a protest group critical of the government: The Colombian authorities have expelled a German. She is not allowed to return to the country for a long time.
A German who became known through her participation in the months-long, sometimes violent demonstrations in Colombia is no longer allowed to stay in the South American country. “We can confirm that the German citizen (…) who was expelled from the country left the country around 8 p.m. today,” said a tweet from the Colombian migration authority on Wednesday evening (local time).
Despite her entry as a tourist, Rebecca Sprößer carried out activities that had nothing to do with tourism. The German came to Colombia in March to go on vacation and, after the outbreak of social protests, supported the demonstrators in Cali and joined the Primera Línea group that led the protests, wrote the newspaper “El Tiempo”. According to the migration authorities, she is no longer allowed to enter Colombia for ten years.
Sprößer apparently fell victim to an armed attack
The Foreign Office confirmed the case. “Our embassy was informed on Tuesday by the Colombian authorities that they intend to deport the person concerned,” said a spokesman for the German Foreign Office on Thursday of the German press agency. “Our embassy was already in contact with those affected and will continue to look after and advise them.” For reasons of privacy protection for those affected, the Federal Foreign Office cannot provide any further information.
Sprößer has become known across Colombia in the past few months, and was even the spokeswoman for the protest group. During the protests, she documented and published aggression by the police, as reported by Deutsche Welle. Last week, she reported an armed attack on herself and another person who suffered 13 gunshot wounds.
Many people killed by police violence
Since a strike was called at the end of April, there have been protests in various cities in the South American country, which also led to riots. On Wednesday, three months after the start, initially peaceful demonstrations were followed by violence, vandalism and chaos. At least two dozen people have been killed in the protests so far, most of them as a result of police violence.
Initially, the protests were directed against a controversial tax and health reform, both of which have since been withdrawn. Most recently, trade unionists, indigenous peoples and students demonstrated for fundamental reforms.