The tensions began early when Uribe arrived at the Palace of Justice to respond to fraud and bribery charges filed by the Supreme Court.
Police tried to shield the former president from the dozens of protesters who either shouted “assassin” at him or expressed their support.
As the court was hearing Uribe behind closed doors, tensions rose.
Uribe party members and supporters gather in nearby park
Some 2,000 Uribe supporters attended the call of his far-right Democratic Center (CD) party to protest at the National Park, located some three kilometers from the Palace of Justice.
Locals reported on social media that many of the protesters had arrived in buses from other parts of the country.
Party leaders addressed the crowd to reiterate their support for their allegedly criminal leader, and their opposition to Colombia’s ongoing peace process and former President Juan Manuel Santos.
A small number of counter-protesters arrived at the park and initially stayed on the other side of the road. As the number of counter-protesters grew, local media reported minor clashes and increasing verbal aggression, but police were able to prevent major disturbances.
The CD protesters ended their manifestation early in the afternoon as anti-Uribe protests swelled up in central Bogota.
Spontaneous counter-protesters and police clash
At the Palace of Justice building, hundreds of students, indigenous representatives and victims of Colombia’s armed conflict gathered in response to calls on social media to stage counter-protests and demand justice.
Police cleared the protesters from the area immediately around the Palace of Justice around noon, triggering minor clashes with protesters.
#UribeAnteLaCorte | Policías reprimen a manifestantes que protestan contra @AlvaroUribeVel durante indagatoria. #UribeEsCulpable #UribeAIndagatoria #UribeHoy pic.twitter.com/kR8EAev6wd pic.twitter.com/ue9yRkZNlj
— Colombia Informa (@Col_Informa) October 8, 2019
While Uribe spent the rest of the day in court, tensions throughout the city remained high, especially after the protests in opposition to Uribe and his party grew bigger and calls for justice grew louder.
The heading ended around 5:30PM.