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Colombia: Teargas flies as Bogota protest turns violent

10 22.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Protesters, Bogota
W/S Protesters throwing objects
W/S Protesters running
W/S Protesters fleeing tear gas
W/S Riot police; tear gas
W/S Protesters fleeing tear gas
W/S Protesters barricading; tear gas
W/S Riot police; tear gas and smoke flare
W/S Protesters; tear gar being deployed
W/S Protesters throwing back tear gas canisters
W/S Water cannon being deployed to disperse protesters
M/S Injured protester
W/S Protesters chanting; riot police
W/S Protesters
W/S Protesters
M/S Protesters
W/S Barricades
M/S Barricades; objects set alight
W/S Objects set alight
M/S Clashes
W/S Riot police
W/S Armoured police vehicle and riot police
Anti-government protesters clashed with police after a mass strike over Colombian President Ivan Duque's social and economic policies as part of his National Development Plan (NDP) turned violent in Bogota on Thursday.
Riot police tried to disperse the protesters, who pressed on despite heavy rain, with tear gas and water cannons. People from all walks of life across the country protested the decrease in the education budget, change of pension plans, the reduction of minimum salary to people under 25 years of age, and the selling of state-owned companies.
The demonstrators also denounced the slow progress in acting upon Colombia's 2016 peace deal with leftist Revolutionary Forces (Farc) which officially ended 50 years of civil war that forced over seven million to flee their homes and cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. The Colombian President is also accused of not protecting indigenous people and social leaders, who are being murdered at an increasing rate.
Duque, who is facing demonstrations against his government across Colombia, has reportedly mobilised hundreds of soldiers to reinforce the security in the country's biggest cites in addition to closing all border crossings to Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru.