Over the past month, Colombia was in turmoil due to widespread protests over proposed tax reforms by President Iván Duque’s government. These would have increased taxes on low and middle income groups. The protests have been met with violent repression, leaving at least eight dead and thousands injured. Despite the government withdrawing its tax plans last week, the protests are continuing.
Francisco Maltes, president of the Central Union of Workers (CUT), said: “Protesters are demanding much more than the withdrawal of the tax reform.”
According to bananalink.org.uk, unions are calling for a withdrawal of a proposed health reform and a guaranteed basic income of one million pesos ($260) for all Colombians, as well as the demilitarization of cities, an end to the ongoing police violence and the dismantling of heavy-handed riot police.