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Protests in Colombia: What is the cause of the clashes that have already killed 19 people?

  • Daniel Bardot
  • BBC World News in Colombia

debt, Reuters

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Colombian flag protesters; The wave of protests began with the tax reform plan, but should continue after the plan was suspended

At least 19 people (including 18 civilians and a police officer) and 800 people have been injured in five days of protests against a tax reform plan in Colombia, according to the Colombian Public Safety Office.

Local human rights groups put the death toll at more than 20.

The crisis drew the attention of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which has accused Colombian security forces of overuse. The UN said it was particularly shocked by the events in Galle on Monday night (May 3). Said.

Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano has blamed armed groups for the violence, but has not confirmed the circumstances of the deaths of several protesters.

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