Monday, May 3, 2021

Colombia tax protests: At least 17 dead, ombudsman says - BBC News

Colombia's office of the ombudsman has confirmed that at least 17 people were killed in five days of protests against a proposed tax reform.



At least 800 people were injured as the police clashed with demonstrators in major cities.

Human rights groups and protesters have accused riot police squads of using unnecessary force.

The reforms, which would have increased taxes on low- and middle-income groups, have now been shelved.

President Iván Duque announced on Sunday that the controversial measure would be withdrawn.

The casualty figures were made public by Colombia's office of the ombudsman which used data provided by the police and the attorney general's office. ..

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