The suppression of the mass protest movement divided the country. The demonstrators again demanded the resignation of President Ivan Duque in front of thousands of demonstrators on the street on Wednesday.
In Colombia, mobilization did not yield, and the police did not commit brutality. The official report of the demonstration that began on April 28 showed that 24 people were killed-including a policeman-and more than 850 people were injured. However, the local organization Temblor received and confirmed complaints from victims or witnesses of police abuse, but finally gave the number of 37 deaths on Wednesday, May 5. Cases of disappearance and sexual violence have also been reported.
On Wednesday night, a short video showed the bodies of two bleeding men on the sidewalk. They were allegedly murdered in the evening in Pereira, a small town 300 kilometers west of Bogotá. The United Nations, Brussels and even Washington have expressed formal concerns about the excessive use of force by the police, especially in the city of Cali, southwest of Bogotá.But President Ivan Duque continues to condemn “Vanderles” with “Urban Terrorist” Destroyed the demonstration, The main road was blocked and the police were forced to intervene.
Despite the pandemic and repression, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again on Wednesday, May 5, at the appeal of trade unions, social organizations and opposition parties. At noon, in the center of Bogotá, the parade was peaceful and even joyous. “When the government is worse than the virus, people will be on the streets”, A slogan said. Gatherings are held between all major cities and towns in the country. In Bogota, Medellin and Cali, protesters demanded the president’s resignation.
Among the demonstrators, left-wing Senator Wilson Arias welcomed the success of the mobilization: “She has forced the government to withdraw its tax reforms, and the damned Finance Minister resigns” He called into the megaphone. The crowd applauded. “Even better, Continue senator, The Americans are now considering stopping military assistance to Colombia. “ The cry of victory in the crowd.
President Ivan Duque’s concessions are not enough to restore calm. “In the beginning, we were protesting against unfair tax reforms that would impose taxes on the middle class and the poorest people. Recall the student Daniela Suarez (Daniela Suarez). Now, we are here because of unprepared health reforms, and because people have been killed. These deaths hurt us. The government must realize that repression is not the solution to national problems. ”
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