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Colombia: Human Rights organisations warn that militarization would worsen protests against taxes raise

“Colombia fighting violent repression of anti-government protests” – 2 May 2021

Residents of Bogota and Medellin continued to report brutal police repression of anti-government protests while Colombia’s third largest city Cali retook the streets on Saturday…The massive turnout followed days of terror that left 10 people dead since Wednesday, the first day of a national strike against a tax reform proposed by the government of President Ivan Duque…The terrorizing of the local population diminished drastically after local human rights organizations accused Defense Minister Diego Molano of playing a key role in the alleged state terror campaign on Friday…Indigenous authorities from the nearby Cauca department sent indigenous to the city to provide protection against the Cali Police Department, the local mafia, and the security forces sent from Bogota…Local organizations reported in the evening that police loyal to Duque continued carrying out attacks against civilians…The president said on Saturday that he would seek the militarization of cities in operations similar to the one that sank Cali into chaos, but was quickly dismissed by Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez, Medellin Mayor Daniel Quintero and Ospina.