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‘Stop the massacre': Colombia tax protests continue after more than a dozen people DIE in clashes with police

Added 05-04-21 01:37:03am EST - “Heated demonstrations over a proposed tax reform in Colombia have continued even after the government pulled the controversial bill, reignited by the death of a young activist reportedly shot in the head by police.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Stop the massacre’: Colombia tax protests continue after more than a dozen people DIE in clashes with police”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rallying around the slogan “stop the massacre,” protesters took to the streets in several cities on Monday, following the news that Nicolas Guerrero, 22, was reportedly shot in the head by riot police in the city of Cali. The new round of protests stretched from Cali in the southwest to the capital of Bogota, as well as Medellin and Barranquilla in the north, AFP reported.

Before it was withdrawn on Sunday by President Ivan Duque, the tax reform proposal triggered days of intense protests and a nationwide strike beginning last Wednesday. Clashes between activists and security forces left at least 18 protesters and one police officer dead, according to Colombia’s human rights ombudsman. More than 800 people were also wounded in the chaos.

Footage has circulated online showing clashes and police violence against protesters over the last week, including one harrowing clip purporting to capture the moment a man was fatally shot by officers during a scuffle.

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Footage from the ongoing mass anti-government/police brutality protests in Colombia led by students and young people. This looks like police tear-gassed a public bus... full of people inside https://t.co/TsxmsMUH0r

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