WorldAnti-government protests in Colombia

Anti-government protests in Colombia


The demonstrators, who gathered in the capital Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Baranquilla and Pereria, chanted anti-President Ivan Duque slogans.

In the cities where the protests took place, the demonstrations were usually completed peacefully, while in Bogotá, 4 people suspected of rioting were removed from the scene by the police.

Most of the students and members of various non-governmental organizations, who were marching on the main streets of the cities, marched to the city squares accompanied by music and songs.

ESMAD, the Colombian riot control unit, took precautions at some points against the possibility of looting and stone attacks.

The National Strike Committee called on the government to keep the promises made to them or they would take to the streets again.

58 people died 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.

Upon this, President 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.

According to the report of the Colombian Ombudsman Office on the demonstrations published on 8 June, 58 people, 2 of them police officers, lost their lives and more than 2 thousand people were injured.

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 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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