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Riots during demonstrations in Colombia

On the outskirts of largely peaceful demonstrations against the government in Colombia, it came to violent riots. In the capital, Bogotá, Masked many of the stones hurled at the police. The officers fired tear gas into the crowd.

in Addition, the security forces of water, a pitcher, to see how on Thursday (local time) in Colombian television. Protesters barricades were in a fire, destroyed the bus and attacked shops.

According to local police, were injured across the country of 28 officers, the most in the city of Cali in the southwest of the country. There, the mayor imposed a curfew, 25 people were arrested. A total of around 200'000 people took part, according to official figures in the protests in Bogotá and Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla.

Increasing violence

Previously, had left thousands of Colombians throughout the country against the government of conservative President Iván Duque on the road. The protests were directed against planned labor and pension reforms as well as the increasing violence against social activists.

"I do not agree with our economic system, in which the government only supports the big companies," said the protester, Miguel Guerra in Bogotá. Clara Ines Guerrero said: "The country is falling apart. The neoliberal System is showing cracks."

a number of security forces were deployed to the borders to neighbouring countries were closed, mayors and governors were given the right to impose curfews. "We can have different opinions and our Beliefs to Express, but the most Important thing is to live together peacefully," said the head of state Duque.

wave of resistance

Recently, many countries had been shaken in South America of violent protests. In Bolivia, President Evo Morales came to electoral fraud allegations back and fled into exile to Mexico.

In Chile, agreement was reached between the government and the Opposition after week-long demonstrations, a new Constitution. In Ecuador, the government had to take back, because of violent protests and the removal of petrol subsidies back. (red/sda)

Created: 22.11.2019, 07:31 PM

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