Protests roll on for third day in Colombian capital

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BOGOTA (Information) – Protests continued in Colombia for a 3rd day on Saturday, as a gaggle of tons of of demonstrators was dispersed by tear gasoline, following an in a single day curfew and remoted looting within the capital Bogota.

A demonstrator bangs a pot throughout a protest in Nationwide Park as nationwide strike continues in Bogota, Colombia, November 23, 2019. Information/Luisa Gonzalez

Greater than 250,000 individuals marched in a nationwide strike on Thursday to precise rising discontent with President Ivan Duque’s authorities, whereas hundreds gathered on Friday for dozens of “cacerolazo” demonstrations – a standard Latin American protest by which individuals bang pots and pans.

Three individuals had been killed following Thursday’s protests in reference to alleged looting, which is underneath investigation by authorities.

Demonstrators’ grievances vary from anger at financial plans the federal government denies supporting to what protesters say is an absence of motion to cease corruption and the homicide of human rights activists, amongst different points.

A whole bunch of protesters had been dispersed with tear gasoline from a foremost roadway close to Bogota’s Nationwide Park on Saturday afternoon. Movies on social media confirmed gasoline canisters touchdown as protesters screamed on the police and urged others to not throw rocks.

Demonstrators additionally gathered outdoors of congress in Bolivar Plaza, close to the presidential palace.

All of Bogota was underneath curfew from 9 p.m. on Friday by 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Duque mentioned on Saturday the police and armed forces would make continuous patrols to forestall additional vandalism, after two nights of disturbances left dozens of mass transit stations broken, a number of shops looted and plenty of residents panicked about security.

Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa mentioned that looting and what officers mentioned had been false stories of residential break-ins in a single day might have been coordinated by criminals.

“We have to be ready for an extended effort, I invite you to have persistence, to have resilience as a result of onerous and troublesome days are coming,” Penalosa mentioned in a joint information convention with Duque and safety officers.

“This isn’t about some younger people who find themselves having spontaneous demonstrations, there’s a plot right here, high-level group, some politickers excited about destabilizing the nation,” he added.

Duque’s administration has been suffering from issues throughout his 15 months in workplace, together with a combative congress, low approval rankings and unsuccessful legislative efforts.

The protests have coincided with demonstrations elsewhere in Latin America, from anti-austerity marches in Chile, to protests over vote-tampering allegations in Bolivia that led President Evo Morales to resign, and infected tensions in Ecuador and crisis-hit Nicaragua.

Three cops had been killed in a bomb blast late on Friday at a police station within the southwestern province of Cauca, often known as a sizzling spot for drug trafficking and violence.

Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra and Julia Symmes Cobb; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis