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National Committee announces temporary interruption of protests in Colombia

2021-06-18T06:08:37.970Z

The protests in Colombia began on April 28 against the government of President Iván Duque. There are still more than 100 missing after a month of protests 2:54 (CNN Spanish) - The National Unemployment Committee announced this Tuesday that it will temporarily interrupt the demonstrations every Wednesday against the Colombian government. The national strike in Colombia began on April 28 against a controversial tax reform promoted by the government of Iván Duque that took thousands of p



There are still more than 100 missing after a month of protests 2:54

(CNN Spanish) -

The National Unemployment Committee announced this Tuesday that it will temporarily interrupt the demonstrations every Wednesday against the Colombian government.

The national strike in Colombia began on April 28 against a controversial tax reform promoted by the government of Iván Duque that took thousands of people to the streets of Colombia, despite being in the third peak of coronavirus infections.

The premise, for many on the streets and on social media, is that the government is more dangerous than the virus itself.

The strike, which has lasted for almost a month and a half, has caused economic losses of almost US $ 3,000 million, according to the Ministry of Finance, a situation that according to businessmen and the government itself is deteriorating the country's economic capacity, already short term affects the less favored classes.

Days of blockades in the main roads of the country have generated an increase in food prices, millionaire losses of agricultural products and a threat to the economic recovery of the country that had already been suffering due to the pandemic crisis, according to the government and business sectors .

The protests have left dozens of deaths, figures that vary according to different reports.

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  • There are 45 dead in the framework of the demonstrations until June 4, says the most recent report from the Defense Ministry.

  • 21 dead and 11 more in the process of clarification, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report.

  • 45 protesters killed allegedly at the hands of the security forces, according to the NGO Temblores.

Police Inspector General Jorge Luis Ramírez said a few weeks ago that his office is investigating 170 cases of abuse at the hands of the police.

Eleven of those cases are directly related to the deaths of protesters at the hands of the police.

Also:

  • 1,108 people injured, according to the Ministry of Defense.

  • 65 eye injuries, according to the NGO Tremors.

  • 114 missing persons, according to the Human Rights Watch report;

    78 cases of people reported missing according to the Ministry of Defense.

The National Police told CNN that at the moment there are 11 investigations in the General Inspection of the Police for eye injuries due to events that occurred in Bogotá, Popayán, Neiva, Medellín and Risaralda.

The investigations are for alleged physical assault or alleged abuse of authority, police said.

News in development ... 

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Source: cnnespanol

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