Violent protests in Colombia leave at least 24 dead
Mass anti-government protests unfolded across Colombia on Wednesday, topping off a week of unrest that has left at least 24 people dead, reports The Guardian.
Why it matters: The demonstrations started as a strike against a proposed tax reform but developed into wider outcry "over poverty exacerbated by the pandemic, human rights abuses and the authorities’ heavy-handed response to protests," per The Guardian.
The state of play: The unpopular tax reform proposal would have increased taxes on businesses and eliminated many of the individual exemptions passed due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports the BBC.
- President Iván Duque Márquez announced last Sunday that the proposal would be shelved but protests have continued.
The big picture: Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have condemned the use violence by Colombian authorities in suppressing the protests.
- More than 800 people have been injured in the clashes between protestors and the police, BBC reports.
- 23 protestors have died as well as one police officer, per The Guardian.