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Classes Suspended at Universities in Bogota after Rejection to Obama

National University, Colombia

National University, Colombia

Colombian authorities suspended classes at public universities in this capital to avoid “public order disturbances”, after students protested the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama.

A group of students from the National University, the main in Colombia manifested in rejection to the visit of Obama from Friday to attend the VI Summit of the Americas, in Cartagenas de Indias. The action affected traffic in the country in one of the busiest avenues of this city.

The government secretary, Jorge Rojas announced the suspension of classes.

“We respectfully request the president of the national universities, the Education District to suspend classes on Friday for the protests that occurred in the afternoon, and they agreed,” he said.

He specified the measure also seeks to focus the activities in the assistance of emergencies caused by the rainy season, after the declaration of orange alert in the capital of the country. Obama will arrive here to the Caribbean island of Cartagena to attend his second Summit of the Americas.

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