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Three Dead in government-critical protests in Colombia

After mass protests against the Colombian government and serious incidents has been imposed in the capital, Bogotá, a nighttime curfew. Around 20'000 police officers in the metropolis were in use.

Since Friday evening 21 o'clock (local time; 3 PM GMT) to 6 a.m. no one is allowed on the street, said mayor Enrique Peñalosa Londoño. Exceptions were seen for air travelers, airport employees and pilots. With the curfew, the city administration wants to prevent more riots.

In the South of Bogotá were delivered by masked protesters last street battles with the police. They hurled stones at the security forces, which, in turn, fired tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd. "Peaceful expression is a right in a democracy, but we should reject any Form of violence, categorically," said President Iván Duque. "It is our duty to maintain order and to guarantee security. These principles will never be released to those who call for hate and violence."

protests against the reforms

The protests began on Thursday, when around 200'000 people in many cities of the South American country went against the government of conservative President Duque on the road. The protests are directed against planned labour market and pension reforms, as well as the increasing violence against activists with social concerns.

In the Department of Valle de Cauca in the West of the country were killed, according to the defense Ministry, three people in the event of collisions. In the case of riots on the outskirts of the demonstrations, 150 police officers and 122 civilians had been injured. In addition, there had been 98 arrests.

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, the government and the Opposition agreed to the 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. (sda)

Created: 22.11.2019, 22:13 PM

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