MONTEVIDEO – Some 200 people in Montevideo took part Monday in a bicycle tour aimed at raising awareness about the abuse of children and teenagers, based on 1,908 reports of violence against minors registered in 2015.
Many people turned out on this hot day in the Uruguayan capital to join in the event, organized by the NGO Claves, during which they pedaled along a route to different institutions involved in preventing child abuse.
Event coordinator Alberto Vazquez told EFE that the biking tour is one of many activities mounted by his organization in Uruguay’s 14 provinces, and in which some 3,000 people take part.
“We work on different projects related to preventing abuse and violence, one of them being a series of campaigns promoting good treatment that includes courses and workshops in September and October for children and teens at schools and youth centers,” Vazquez said.
“At the end of October and part of November we put together an event to raise awareness among the general public,” he said.
Throughout Monday’s tour, the bicyclers stopped at places where organizations are located that can play a part in the fight against the mistreatment and abuse of minors.
They therefore stopped at the Social Development Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice and the Presidency of the Republic, among other institutions.
The bicycling tour rolled to a stop on the esplanade in front of Montevideo City Hall for a live music concert.