Colombia protests enter fifth day, Duque meets with unions, enterprise leaders

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BOGOTA (Information) – Protesters took to Colombia’s streets on Monday for a fifth day of demonstrations over points together with financial reforms, police violence and corruption as President Ivan Duque was set to satisfy with unions and enterprise leaders.

Demostrators maintain placards and wave flags throughout a protest as a nationwide strike continues in Bogota, Colombia November 25, 2019. Information/Carlos Jasso

The protests started with a 250,000-person march final week and have been marked by widespread neighborhood “cacerolazo” demonstrations – a standard Latin American protest wherein individuals bang pots and pans.

Protesters of all ages have declared themselves in opposition to rumored financial plans reminiscent of a reduce to the minimal wage for younger people who Duque denies supporting. They’ve additionally highlighted what they are saying is an absence of presidency motion to cease the homicide of a whole bunch of human rights activists.

Duque has promised a “nice nationwide dialogue” centered on social points and the combat in opposition to corruption to run by way of mid-March and invited residents to submit proposals for how one can enhance Colombia. Duque’s assembly on Monday was to be with enterprise representatives in addition to the unions which organized the unique march.

Many protesters are additionally demanding the federal government totally implement a 2016 peace cope with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, which Duque unsuccessfully tried to change.

Techniques utilized by riot police to disperse demonstrations, together with using tear gasoline and sound grenades, have angered many, particularly after 18-year-old protester Dilan Cruz was gravely injured on Saturday afternoon.

The protests have been largely peaceable, regardless of remoted looting in some areas and the establishment of in a single day curfews in Bogota and Cali.

The federal government has mentioned three individuals had been killed following Thursday’s protests in incidents the police mentioned concerned looting. Greater than 340 cops have to this point been injured.

Colombia’s migration company mentioned early on Monday it had deported 59 Venezuelans who had been “participating in a collection of actions that put public order and nationwide safety in danger.”

The company mentioned it revered the suitable to protest however refused to permit the actions of some to have an effect on safety or generate xenophobia. There are some 1.four million Venezuelans dwelling in Colombia.

Duque’s administration has been suffering from issues throughout his almost 16 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, infected tensions in Ecuador and Nicaragua and protests over a fraught election in Bolivia that led President Evo Morales to resign.

Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb, further reporting by Nelson Bocanegra; enhancing by Grant McCool