Statement by the Colombia section in response to attacks against social protest

May 18, 2021

Colombia is experiencing a moment of social unrest unlike any other in recent decades. The unease caused by the tax reform bill proposed by the government of Iván Duque triggered a tidal wave of protests that have brought to light a widespread social, economic, and institutional crisis.

After fifteen days of protests, violence of all kinds has been unleashed against the protestors, leaving to date more than 47 casualties, 548 missing and hundreds injured nationwide.



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