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Fri May 14, 2021, 04:12 PM

1. In Pictures: Cali - The epicentre of protests in Colombia

‘Resistance Port’ is one of the biggest barricades in Cali and one of the areas where police have clashed with protesters.

A small police station that was burned during the early days of the protest has been adapted as a 'popular library' in the neighbourhood of San Antonio. [Mauricio Morales/Al Jazeera]

By Mauricio Morales
14 May 2021

Cali, Colombia – Cali has become the epicentre of anti-government protests since April 28 over a tax reform proposal by President Ivan Duque’s right-wing government that intends to tax basic goods and food for an already impoverished working class struggling through the pandemic.

The streets of Cali, the third largest city of Colombia with almost 2.5 million inhabitants, have witnessed intense police violence and alleged human rights violations.

According to Temblores, an independent human rights NGO that has been documenting the protests, 47 civilians have been allegedly killed by Colombian police including 32 in Cali; while the state prosecution office says the number is 27.

The protests, which started over the tax proposal, now aim to address economic and social inequality, the handling of the pandemic and the deaths of civilians at the hands of police since the unrest began.


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