Protests in Colombia Could Foreshadow a Regional Wave of Unrest

An anti-government protester returns a tear gas canister at the police during clashes in Bogota, Colombia, May 5, 2021 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
An anti-government protester returns a tear gas canister at the police during clashes in Bogota, Colombia, May 5, 2021 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

For more than a week, crowds of Colombians have taken to the streets to vent their anger at the government. It began on April 28, with a general strike organized in response to a controversial tax reform proposal that has since been withdrawn by President Ivan Duque’s government. But the harrowing repression of the demonstrations by Colombian security forces has added fuel to the fire, and the protests have evolved into a general show of discontent with Duque’s unpopular right-wing government. The scenes playing out across Colombia today mirror the social protest movement that erupted in 2019, amid similar uprisings […]

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