Colombia: new protests on the 15th day of the social crisis
This mobilization is marked by deadly violence in this country whose economy has deteriorated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The anger does not weaken. Thousands of people demonstrated again in Colombia, Wednesday May 12, the 15th day of a strong social mobilization against the government. This movement is marked by deadly violence in this country whose economy has deteriorated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Right-wing President Ivan Duque on Wednesday met with representatives of young people, who are at the forefront of the protest, after promising the most modest free registration fees for entry to public universities.
“I will put all my energy, all my capacity and all the government team to make this process (of negotiation) go well”, declared the president during this meeting with students in Bogota.
The clashes, which have marked some of these days since April 28, have left at least 42 dead, including a member of the security forces, according to the Defender of the People, a public body for the protection of human rights.
For its part, the Ministry of Defense, to which the police in Colombia reports, maintains a figure of 849 wounded agents, including twelve by firearms, and 716 civilians but without specifying the number of those by bullets.
These are the bloodiest demonstrations that this country of 50 million inhabitants has ever known, impoverished by the pandemic, which has killed nearly 79,000 people. Colombia is also facing an upsurge in violence from armed groups financed by narco-trafficking.