Colombia sends troops to protest center
A month after violent anti-government protests across the country Colombia will begin deploying troops to the western province of Valle del Cauca after four protesters were killed on Friday. The provincial capital of Cali was the center of the protests. Controversial tax reforms began across the country in late April. Tens of thousands of marchers take to the streets every week. since then They have expanded the demand Including basic income and ending police violence, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced the “maximum dispatch”; of military aid to Valle del Cauca on Friday, adding that more than 7,000 personnel, including members of the Navy, had been charged. will be sent to cancel the road blockade The governor of Valle del Cauca also announced a curfew starting at 7pm, although the government and protest leaders achieved it. An “advance agreement” for ending this week’s protests Protest organizers said Thursday the government had not signed the deal. and accused of delaying The government said they had not signed the agreement because some protest leaders would not condemn the roadblock. Call this problem non-negotiable. And added that talks will begin on Sunday. They added more than a dozen civilians who died in In connection with the protests on Thursday Human rights groups say dozens more have been killed by security forces. Two police officers were reportedly killed, and the Colombian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to questions. Colombia’s finance ministry estimates the protests and roadblocks have caused more than $2.6 billion in damage to the country. This leads to shortages of food and other supplies, rising prices and disrupting daily business operations.