In Colombia, Protests Build on a Wave of Demonstrations Across South America

An anti-government rally in Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 25, 2019 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
An anti-government rally in Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 25, 2019 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
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For the third time in two weeks, Colombians turned out Wednesday for a national strike, demanding the government of President Ivan Duque accept a wide-ranging list of popular demands. With hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets in protest, Duque faces a political challenge that is magnified by the wider context in which it is unfolding: a proliferation of demonstrations across the region and the world, as far away as the Middle East and Hong Kong, some of which have already succeeded in toppling governments, including one in South America. This protest effect is a new phenomenon in […]

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