The past weeks, protests against a new tax reform overtook Colombia. While the new reform sparked the unrest, the final straw after rising economic and social pressures for over two years, protestors quickly turned to longer standing problems in Colombia. A pile of kindling made up of discontent and resentment of government action already lay ready to be lit. Soldiers and riot police were sent to suppress the protests and the police cracked down forcefully against the protestors, using teargas and water cannons, but also shooting at some protestors. President Duque is now calling for dialogue, but how can the Colombians trust the words of their President by day when his police attacks at night?

Written by Dianne Kok

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