Government protests in Colombia: 43 injured, 21 of them police

Government protests in Colombia: 43 injured, 21 of them police



Government protests in Colombia: 43 injured, 21 of them police

In Colombia, 43 people, 21 of them police officers, were injured in the anti-government protest of thousands of people who took to the streets at the call of the National Strike Committee.

The demonstrators gathered in the capital Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Pereria and Pasto and chanted anti-President Ivan Duque slogans. The demonstrations were mostly calm and peaceful, and later in the day, when some groups threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police, Colombian riot control unit ESMAD intervened the protesters with water cannons and gas bombs.
In the incidents, 43 people, 21 of them police officers, were injured and many people were detained. Protesters made demands on health, employment, education, food security, solidarity economy, protection of ethnic rights and youth in the banners and banners they opened.
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez said in a statement on the subject, “Thousands of people are demonstrating peacefully today. So far, all the activities that started at 09:00 in the morning have been peaceful. We want to end the day peacefully.” used the phrases.
The National Strike Committee, which had been holding anti-government demonstrations for a long time in Colombia, called for a meeting and protest on 20 July. The government stipulated the removal of roadblocks and blockades in order to reconcile with the protest representatives in the first place.
According to the latest report of the Colombian Ombudsman Office on the demonstrations, 58 people, including 2 police officers, have lost their lives and more than 2,000 people have been injured in the protests. Human rights organization Temblores, headquartered in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, stated in its statement on June 8 that the police were directly involved in the deaths of 45 people in the protests.
The anti-tax reform demonstrations in Colombia, which started on April 28 with the call for a “national strike” by unions, local communities, student groups and various opposition groups, had a calm and peaceful history, then spread to dozens of cities and witnessed violent incidents. Thereupon, President Ivan Duque announced at a press conference on May 2 that they had decided to withdraw the tax reform bill, which was prepared to collect more taxes from the public.
The frequent closure of highways by activists and the barricades set up in the country left commercial enterprises in financial difficulties and led to higher prices in the market. Among the demands of the demonstrators are the provision of all democratic guarantees and freedoms for the basic right to protest, the dissolution of ESMAD, and the negotiation of all problems by establishing a national dialogue table. Protesters want the police to be subordinate to the Ministry of Interior, not the Ministry of Defense.


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