Thousands of Colombians took to the streets Saturday to march on International Labor Day and protest against the government’s proposed tax reform proposal on the fourth day of the demonstration, which resulted in at least four deaths.
Unions and other groups began marching on Wednesday calling on President Ivan Duque’s government to withdraw reform proposals, which originally raised sales taxes on some public services and on food. Read more about studying in Pakistan
Cali, the country’s third-largest city, has seen the most disturbing marches, looting and at least three deaths in connection with the march.
“Deaths have always been a painful situation and situation during the riots, three people were killed,” Cali Mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina said on social media, asking the attorney general’s office to determine who fired the shots responsible. Per death
Human rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of police harassment in Cali and local human rights groups charged with the deaths of as many as 14.
The national police said it respects human rights and implements established regulations.
Late Friday, a police officer stabbed earlier this week amid a robbery in the southern capital Bogota, Bogota, dead from injuries.
Looting, vandalism and clashes between police and protesters also took place in Bogota, Medellín and other cities.
The protests continued on Saturday, although Duque announced late Friday that reforms would be revised and will now exclude food, utility or gasoline sales taxes or an extension of the income tax.
Despite calls for the withdrawal and the opposition lawmakers. But the government insists reforms are vital to stabilizing the country’s financial stability, maintaining credit ratings and funding social programs.
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