Anti-government Rallies Spreads in Colombia

Published May 20th, 2021 - 11:44 GMT

Colombians have entered the 4th week of of anti-government rallies; unions, student groups and others continue demonstrations asking for a social change amid intermittent talks between the government and organizers of the strike.

Anti-government rallies is said to be violent by both police and civilians. The attorney general’s office has announced 15 deaths connected to protests, while one human rights group tallies over 40.

Furthermore, the Colombian president has earlier ordered the clearance of road blockades, which have caused shortages of food and gasoline.

The anti-government rallies was first kicked off the tax plan which was later canceled, but now the rallies expanded to include demands like a basic income, an end to police violence and opportunities for young people.

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Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

Demonstrators clash with Riot police during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Medellin on May 19, 2021. The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognized by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

Demonstrators hold homemade shield during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia, on May 19, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

Demonstrators clash with Riot police during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Medellin on May 19, 2021. The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognized by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

A demonstrator wearing the red jumpsuit and Dali mask of the Spanish Netflix hit series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) gestures during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Bogota on May 19, 2021. Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

Demonstrators clash with Riot police during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Medellin on May 19, 2021. The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognised by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

Demonstrators take part in a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia, on May 19, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

Demonstrators take part in a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia, on May 19, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia

The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognised by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP

Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Demonstrators clash with Riot police during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Medellin on May 19, 2021. The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognized by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Demonstrators hold homemade shield during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia, on May 19, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Demonstrators clash with Riot police during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Medellin on May 19, 2021. The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognized by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
A demonstrator wearing the red jumpsuit and Dali mask of the Spanish Netflix hit series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) gestures during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Bogota on May 19, 2021. Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Demonstrators clash with Riot police during a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Medellin on May 19, 2021. The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognised by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Demonstrators take part in a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia, on May 19, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
Demonstrators take part in a new protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia, on May 19, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / AFP
Anti-government Rallies Continue Widely in Colombia
The protest movement in Colombia took to the streets again on Wednesday before sitting down to negotiate with the government an eventual solution to the crisis that erupted on April 28, and fuelled by police abuses partially recognised by President Ivan Duque. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP