What’s behind Colombia’s month of mass protest?

Demonstrations against tax reform have developed into calls for wider government reforms.

Demonstrators take part in a protest demanding government action to tackle poverty, police violence and inequalities in the healthcare and education systems, in Bogota, Colombia on May 26, 2021 [Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters]
Demonstrators take part in a protest demanding government action to tackle poverty, police violence and inequalities in the healthcare and education systems, in Bogota, Colombia on May 26, 2021 [Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters]

What began as a strike against a tax proposal in Colombia has now escalated into a nationwide protest movement over some of Colombia’s most deep-seated issues. Protesters are demanding structural changes to ease inequality and end police violence. After a month of demonstrations, President Ivan Duque’s popularity has hit record lows and protesters are staying out in the streets. So what’s behind Colombia’s month of unrest?

 

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Source: Al Jazeera

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