Colombia protests stretch into 7th day as UN condemns police violence

Colombia protests stretch into 7th day as UN condemns police violence

The United Nations human rights office said it was "deeply alarmed" over violence against protesters in the Colombian city of Cali, where "police opened fire on demonstrators" and allegedly killed and injured several people Monday night. The statement from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights comes as anti-government protests sparked by a proposed tax increase enter their seventh day and show few signs of stopping. According to Colombia's Human Rights Ombudsman, 16 protesters and one policeman have been killed in the demonstrations since last Wednesday. But that figure doesn't include reports of deaths in Cali on Monday, which the UN said it is still trying to confirm. The protests began after Colombia's government proposed a tax plan aimed at raising $6.7 billion US to pay the country's debts and maintain a basic income scheme for three million low-income people that started during the pandemic. Protesters marched in a national strike against the government proposal on Wednesday. In Bogota, they held balloons and signs that read "no to tax reform" in Spanish. In Medellin, some demonstrators performed acrobatics as they …
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