After a few days of social requests in Colombia, They reported that at least 19 people were killed by the authorities during the protests against tax reform. What hint President Iván Duque. In fact, these protests started in different cities in Colombia on April 28.
Colombia reports 19 people killed after demonstration
After the main Colombian president pushed for reforms to collect more taxes, workers and students began to protest in the streets. However, due to the suppression of the authorities, 19 people were reported to have died during the demonstration..
Yes, according to the information from New York TimesAmong the dead A young man came out to protest with his brother, an artist who was shot to death with his head surrounded by cameras, and a teenager who was caught by his mother said: “Son, I want to be with you!”, In a video played on social networks.
Iván Duque’s tax withdrawal proposal
Faced with all this situation in South American countries, the President of Colombia decided and reported that he would withdraw the current proposal and seek a new plan born through consensus. In this regard, he commented: “Reform is not a whim”; Then add: “Reform is necessary”.
Simultaneously, After the demonstrators registered their deaths, the Colombian Minister of Finance resigned..
It should be noted that according to Iván Duque, the tax reform he is pushing for is aimed at improving the fiscal deficit that has led to the current COVID pandemic. However, his proposal also brings troubles to the Colombian population, which is reflected in the increase in poverty, unemployment and inequality caused by the coronavirus since 2020.
Authorities suppressed during demonstrations in Colombia
During the protest, whether it was in the media, social networks, or human rights groups, There are reports that in Colombia, authorities in different cities have used violence to suppress demonstrators.
Yes, there are several videos circulating on the Internet, and you can see the police shooting at people marching on the street. For example, in the case of a young man named Marcelo Agredo, who was shot by an officer after the battle. Even the Office of the Ombudsman, a government agency investigating human rights violations, confirmed his death..
From the beginning of the parade on April 28 (Wednesday) until May 3 (Monday), According to reports, at least 19 people have died in Colombia, including a police officer named Jesús Solano and an 86-year-old man Jesús Flores, who apparently died of inhalation.. The National Police reported that 540 police officers were injured.
*Information from New York Times