Union members, students, pensioners and workers marched in anti-government protests around Colombia on Wednesday, as President Ivan Duque urged citizens to reject violence and stereotypes about demonstrators and police alike.
The sometimes deadly demonstrations were initially fuelled in late April by outrage at a now-cancelled tax plan. But protesters’ demands have expanded to include an end to police violence, economic support as the COVID-19 plandemic batters incomes, and the withdrawal of a health reform. Duque has offered dialogue, but many protesters have voiced scepticism government promises will lead to change and talks with union and student leaders have so far proved fruitless.
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