Elderly shuffleboard game escalates to machete confrontation

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A new case of intolerance has left the residents of Rovira, Tolima in shock. The incident occurred in the La Selva village, a rural area of the municipality, where a group of older adults were playing shuffleboard in a commercial establishment. After the game, an argument broke out, leading to a confrontation with a machete. The altercation resulted in injuries to five older adults, who were later taken to the Federico Lleras Acosta Hospital in Ibagué for treatment.

According to Colonel Libardo Fabio Ojeda Eraso, commander of the Tolima Police, the incident was fueled by excessive alcohol consumption and insults exchanged during the shuffleboard game. The injured individuals suffered wounds from sharp weapons, including machetes, knives, and daggers. The severity of the injuries led to amputations of limbs for some of the victims.

The authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, emphasizing the need for tolerance and condemning acts of violence. The National Police has reported that two out of every ten murders in Colombia are related to cases of intolerance. The statistics show an increase in such incidents, with a 10% rise in homicides due to intolerance from one year to the next.

The situation is particularly concerning, as intolerance-related murders have been on the rise in various cities across the country. However, there have been some reductions in cities like Bogotá, Barranquilla, and Cúcuta. In Bogotá, for example, the number of fatalities due to intolerance decreased from 810 in 2021 to 563 in 2022. Barranquilla also saw a 10% reduction in intolerance-related homicides.

The incident in Rovira, Tolima serves as a reminder of the importance of promoting tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution. It is crucial for communities to come together to prevent such acts of violence and ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals, especially older adults who are often looked upon as examples in society.

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