Demonstrators take to the streets four weeks to demand government action on poverty, police violence, and more.
Anti-government protests came in their fourth week in Colombia, as student groups, organizations and others took to the streets on Wednesday to demand a change in government-led talks between striking leaders.
About 8,000 people protested in the capital, Bogota, the mayor’s office said.
“We are moving with our young people, our children, our grandchildren, who are still missing despite our long struggles,” lawyer Roberto Hermida, 68, told Reuters news agency.
Hermida says it wants to provide more education and health care.
Opposition began Last month the government of the Colombian President Ivan Duque of the right-wing government introduced a tax reform law which critics said would severely damage the working and middle class, which had already been devastated by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Duque dropped the petition, but the protests continued as protesters expansion a list of goals they want to include including the elimination of social change, the end of violence in the country, and measures to address economic inequality.
The demonstrations have been marked by violence, but the exact cause of death has not been fully established. The attorney general’s office has confirmed that 15 people have been killed in connection with the protests, while one human rights group said the number was more than 40.
Duque has criticized groups with a number of weapons of mass destruction, but a United Nations and many civil rights groups have accused Colombian police of “setting fire to” protesters.
On Wednesday, former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos urged Duque to take part in police crackdown.
“We want more hands, we need to be more compassionate and humble, and for the government to recognize: ‘Look, we have suffered’,” Santos told W Radio.
The domestic boycott committee, made up of major corporations, academic groups and others, had a number of discussions with government officials on the proposed strike, but the two groups did not hold talks.
He is expected to meet with the government on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Dickinson, Colombia’s chief investigator at the International Crisis Group, said the meetings highlighted “significant social and economic inequalities, frustration with police brutality, and a general lack of trust in government”.
Here are some of the ones that appear as we enter the 21st day of the demonstrations 🧵 pic.twitter.com/DjAa1lAX5k
– Elizabeth Dickinson (@dickinsonbeth) May 19, 2021
Opponents’ interests are divided into two groups, Dickinson said on Twitter: social justice and security – and while all these problems are exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic, it is a matter of the past.
The epidemic, which has killed more than 82,000 people, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University, has also exacerbated long-term economic disparities.
“Demonstrations are everywhere. The exhibits highlight the challenges of many countries that cross the border. Although grievances vary from place to place, the power of anger and frustration is shared, ”Dickinson wrote.
“The problem is serious, deep and requires gravitas that we have never seen before,” he said.