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Tue May 11, 2021, 05:52 AM

Late in posting this, but it's very useful: How a tax reform and state terrorism triggered Colombia'

How a tax reform and state terrorism triggered Colombia’s revolt
by Adriaan Alsema May 1, 2021

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque is facing a popular uprising after a tax reform proposal caused indignation, which police brutality turned into fury.

The proposal of Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla was almost immediately rejected by the National Strike Committee after its arrival in Congress in early April.

The collective of labor unions and social organizations immediately called for Wednesday’s national strike to reject the tax reform, demand a minimum basic income and public officials’ rights to collectively bargain wages.

Duque believed that giving the tax reform a pretty name, the “Sustainable Solidarity Law,” would get it passed through Congress, but learned he couldn’t be more wrong.


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