Death toll in Colombia protests rises to 13

Protests against right-wing government's tax reforms continue

Sinan Dogan   | 30.05.2021
Death toll in Colombia protests rises to 13 Protesters clash with the Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron (ESMAD) at the Portal de las Americas station, rename as "Portal Resistance" during a national strike in Bogota, Colombia, on May 29, 2021.

BOGOTA, Colombia

The death toll in violent protests in and around Cali, the capital of Colombia's Valle del Cauca province, against the government's tax reform plan rose to 13 on Saturday.

People are demonstrating in different cities for a month against the plan said to harm the working and middle classes.

The tax plan was withdrawn but the protests grew against other government policies, including the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Ivan Duque has deployed the military in the western province to deal with the situation. A curfew is also in place until 5 a.m. local time (0800 GMT).

Government representatives and leaders of the national strike committee have held several meetings since mid-May but to no avail.

Cali Mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina, in a series of tweets, condemned the ongoing violence and asked the prosecutor's office to initiate an investigation by making use of video footage. He said he believes in dialogue to resolve all conflicts.

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