Thousands of Colombians took part in a new day of demonstrations against the government’s proposed tax reform this Thursday, despite fewer participants than the previous day’s protests, while the city of Cali again faced riots and castles.
Mobilizations continue this weekend, although they weren’t as massive this Thursday as they were on Wednesday and fewer incidents were generally reported.
In Bogotá, protesters took over various points and caused delays in mobility during the day to end the day with a new cacerolazo against the reform proposed by Iván Duque’s executive, according to El Espectador.
Meanwhile, Cali has returned to be the protagonist as it is the city where keeping law and order has been more complicated, despite a curfew at 3:00 p.m. to avoid clashes.
Riots, clashes between security forces and demonstrators, looting or shooting in the air developed during the day, during which crowds were also observed.
Misak communities led the march first thing in the morning, while during the day the citizens denounced that the police had shot them and that several streets were blocked and rooms were destroyed, reports ‘El Espectador’.
In the face of yet another day of riot, an additional 700 police officers from the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad arrived in Cali on Thursday evening and 300 agents who will join the more than 1,000 uniformed workers already in town.
Defense Minister Diego Molano has delegated these forces so that “the vandals in Cali do not prevent medical personnel, oxygen and vaccines from reaching the majority of the population”.
“One thing is to protest and another, quite another, is an attempt to improve the lives of those who need medical care,” said the minister, who will also move to the commune of the Valle del Cauca department.
Due to public order issues, the delivery of vaccines to the city has been suspended until Sunday May 2nd, Radio Caracol reports.
For his part, President Iván Duque said he had ordered the police and the Ministry of Defense to restore order and neutralize situations of vandalism “which threaten the life, honor, property and real estate of citizens”.
It was also noted that progress is being made with the prosecutor in prosecuting those responsible for vandalism. “Violence will not solve any of the challenges we face as a country,” he added.
Regarding the tax reform, ‘El Espectador’ has stated that Democratic Center sources have confirmed that “at the palace they would be ready to hand over the entire text and replace it with a new proposal that can be drawn up between all parties, including the Opposition “although the government has not commented on the matter.