The final day of protests against the Colombian government has left one death and at least 100 injured in demonstrations that began more than a month ago against President Iván Duque’s tax reform.
New clashes between demonstrators and agents of the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (Esmad) of the National Police broke out in several cities across the country. In the Andrés Sanín sector of Cali city, agents fired tear gas at the demonstrators.
The unrest in the aforementioned city, the epicenter of the protests, has officially claimed one dead and 35 injured. In the city of Medellín in the northwest, 23 people were injured, most of them from burns, cuts and suffocation, according to the news portal Informa.
Dozens of injuries were also recorded in clashes with riot police in the Yomasa sector in Bogotá, as the network against abuse of authority confirms on its Twitter account. So it indicated that in the area of the Americas portal a medical mission received several shots.
The clashes have spread to other parts of the country such as Popayán, Pasto or Bucaramanga, where, according to information from the newspaper “El Tiempo”, eight civilians and three police officers were injured.
A mission from the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) is on duty in the country to collect information about possible attacks by the police in response to complaints from citizens against government agencies.
For his part, the Colombian President has declared on his Twitter account that “the blockades violate human rights and must be rejected”. “Some want to use this practice as a pressure mechanism,” he said and specified: “Anyone who tries to draw the attention of the state with blockades is subjecting the state and society to a blackmail process.”