At least eight policemen have been injured today in Bogota, Colombia, during a violent day of student protests that also blocked several of the main streets of the capital where they caused great traffic jams, authorities have reported.
The police officers were injured during the launching of incendiary bombs in front of the facilities of the RCN Radio network, which has been subject to several attacks with stones and paints in other demonstrations, for which reason the authorities guarded the building.
"We have eight patrollers who are being assessed at the Central Hospital of the Police in the face of the aggressions they were subjected to and they present different types of injuries," Bogotá's Police Commander, General Hoover Penilla, told reporters.
The day of protests of the students of the public universities of the country had like aim to demand to the Government the increase of the budget destined for the operation of those institutions.
Higher education in Colombia has a deficit of 3.2 trillion pesos (about 1.015 billion dollars) for its operation and public universities also need 15 trillion pesos (about 4.758 million dollars) to invest in infrastructure, according to figures from experts
The protest in Bogota was joined by others in different cities of the country such as Popayán (southwest), where students damaged the facilities of the Colombian Institute of Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad (Icetex), an entity that provides loans for higher education.