5 civilians and one police officer die in Colombia protests
Ombudsman Carlos Camargo stated three civilians died within the metropolis of Cali, one civilian in Bogota, one civilian in Neiva and one police officer in Soacha, citing figures from the Legal professional Normal’s Workplace. Three extra deaths are being investigated, Camargo stated.
At the least 179 civilians and 216 law enforcement officials have been injured because the begin of the protests, he added.
“The crude violence of the final three days, which does not cease, is an assault in opposition to the precise to protest, and due to this fact authorities have the duty not solely to fight vandalism, however to accompany and assure a peaceable protest,” Camargo stated.
The mayor of town of Cali, Jorge Iván Ospina, addressed President Ivan Duque in an emotional video on Friday.
“Mr. President, the tax reform is lifeless. We do not need it to trigger extra deaths. Please, withdraw it, I’m asking you for this on behalf of the folks of Cali,” stated Ospina.
“I wish to invite the entire Cali public to particularly replicate on the significance and worth of life,” Ospina stated.
Protection Minister Diego Molano, who has been in Cali to observe the state of affairs, stated Saturday at a press convention that “based on intelligence info, legal and terrorist acts in Cali correspond to legal organizations and terrorists” and that authorities are working to find out who’re those that stand behind “all these nefarious acts which have affected Cali.”
At the least 4,000 troopers and law enforcement officials had been mobilized on Friday within the metropolis and are ready for the demonstrations on Saturday, Molano stated.
After the preliminary clashes on Wednesday, President Ivan Duque introduced he’s amending his tax proposal, which is able to now not embrace a gross sales tax on meals, utilities and gasoline, and can scrap the rise of the earnings tax.
Duque’s preliminary proposal included rising taxes on people and companies, in addition to eliminating a number of exemptions. He stated the tax reform was aimed toward easing the nation’s deficit, reviving the financial system and serving to social packages.
Duque got here to energy in August 2018 and confronted a nationwide strike supported by a broad coalition of social actions in November 2019. These protests had been linked to widespread discontent over rising unemployment, financial reforms and a deteriorating safety state of affairs.
CNNE’s Marlon Sorto and Ana Cucalón contributed reporting.