Colombia protests stretch into seventh day as UN condemns police violence | CBC Information

The United Nations human rights workplace stated it was “deeply alarmed” over violence in opposition to protesters within the Colombian metropolis of Cali, the place “police opened fireplace on demonstrators” and allegedly killed and injured a number of folks Monday night time.

The assertion from the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights comes as anti-government protests sparked by a proposed tax improve enter their seventh day and present few indicators of stopping.

In keeping with Colombia’s Human Rights Ombudsman, 16 protesters and one policeman have been killed within the demonstrations since final Wednesday. However that determine would not embrace reviews of deaths in Cali on Monday, which the UN stated it’s nonetheless attempting to verify.

Here is a have a look at what’s occurring.

Anger over tax plan

The protests started after Colombia’s authorities proposed a tax plan geared toward elevating $6.7 billion US to pay the nation’s money owed and preserve a fundamental revenue scheme for 3 million low-income those who began in the course of the pandemic.

Protesters marched in a nationwide strike in opposition to the federal government proposal on Wednesday. In Bogota, they held balloons and indicators that learn “no to tax reform” in Spanish.

(Fernando Vergara/The Related Press)

In Medellin, some demonstrators carried out acrobatics as they protested the tax reform invoice.

(Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Photos)

Some protests noticed clashes erupt between police and demonstrators, in addition to property harm. A public transportation bus was left in flames throughout a protest in Cali.

(Paola Mafla/AFP/Getty Photos)

President withdraws plan

Wednesday was just the start. On Might Day, or Worldwide Employees’ Day, on Saturday, folks shouted slogans throughout an illustration in opposition to the tax reform in Bogota.

(Fernando Vergara/The Related Press)

Police stood guard in opposition to protesters on the entrance of President Ivan Duque’s residence. 

(Fernando Vergara/The Related Press)

Amid the protests, Duque withdrew the tax plan on Sunday. He has stated his authorities will draw up one other proposal — the results of consultations with lawmakers, civil society and companies.

Folks on bikes celebrated at Bolivar sq. in Bogota after the proposal was withdrawn.

(Fernando Vergara/The Related Press)

Duque’s finance minister additionally resigned the next day. However massive demonstrations and roadblocks have continued.

Police actions criticized

Quite a few movies have emerged on social media exhibiting police utilizing extreme pressure in the course of the protests and even capturing at some demonstrators level clean.

On Monday, folks attended a vigil in Cali in honour of Nicolas Guerrero, who died after being shot on Sunday throughout a protest in opposition to the tax reform.

(Andres Gonzalez/The Related Press)

In its assertion, the UN urged Colombia’s authorities to guard the rights of protesters.

“Regulation enforcement officers ought to abide by the ideas of legality, precaution and necessity of proportionality,” the assertion stated.

The protests have continued into Tuesday and unfold to different nations. In Argentina, demonstrators rallied exterior the Colombian consulate in Buenos Aires to sentence police actions throughout the protests. They held indicators with messages comparable to: “In Colombia they’re killing us.”

(Agustin Marcarian/Reuters)

Again in Colombia, the safety presence stays sturdy. Troopers and armed forces tanks have been seen guarding toll cubicles to maintain protesters from damaging them on the outskirts of Bogota on Tuesday.

(Fernando Vergara/The Related Press)

In a video Tuesday, Duque stated the federal government is prepared for nationwide dialogue. Mass marches and a nationwide strike are deliberate for Wednesday.

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