Violent Anti-Government Protests in Colombia

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Earlier, Colombian President Ivan Duque asked Congress to withdraw a tax reform proposal and urgently discuss a new one amid nationwide protests.

Rallies in Colombia against an increase in gas prices and utility bills as part of a state-proposed tax reform have been underway since last week. 

According to the the Institute for Development and Peace Studies, at least 31 people have died, 1,220 more have been injured and 87 have gone missing within a week of protests in Colombia.

Even though President Ivan Duque called for reform off on Sunday, demonstrators have continued to protest.

© AFP 2022 / Juan BarretoDemonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government on Bolivar Square in Bogota on 5 May 2021.
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government on Bolivar Square in Bogota on 5 May 2021.
© AP Photo / Fernando VergaraA demonstrator gestures at a police water cannon during an anti-government protest in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, May 2021.
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A demonstrator gestures at a police water cannon during an anti-government protest in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, May 2021.
© REUTERS / Nathalia Angarita Demonstrators participate in a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
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Demonstrators participate in a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
© REUTERS / Luisa GonzalezPolice officers are seen during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
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Police officers are seen during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
© AP Photo / Fernando VergaraAnti-government protesters throw tear gas canisters back at the police during clashes in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
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Anti-government protesters throw tear gas canisters back at the police during clashes in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
© REUTERS / Luisa GonzalezDemonstrators prepare to throw stones during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
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Demonstrators prepare to throw stones during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
© AFP 2022 / Luis RobayoA demostrator walks past a burning barricade blocking a street during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government in Cali, Colombia on 5 May 2021.
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A demostrator walks past a burning barricade blocking a street during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government in Cali, Colombia on 5 May 2021.
© AFP 2022 / StrA Colombian girl residing in Panama holds a lit candle during a protest against Colombian President Ivan Duque's government in support of protests taking place in her country, at Urraca Park in Panama City, on 5 May 2021.
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A Colombian girl residing in Panama holds a lit candle during a protest against Colombian President Ivan Duque's government in support of protests taking place in her country, at Urraca Park in Panama City, on 5 May 2021.
© AFP 2022 / Luis RobayoPeople gather around candles and words on the pavement reading "for our dead" during a vigil on 5 May 2021 in Cali, Colombia, in honor of the demonstrators who died during protests against the government of President Ivan Duque.
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People gather around candles and words on the pavement reading "for our dead" during a vigil on 5 May 2021 in Cali, Colombia, in honor of the demonstrators who died during protests against the government of President Ivan Duque.
© AP Photo / Ivan ValenciaAnti-government demonstrators protest in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
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Anti-government demonstrators protest in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
© AP Photo / Esteban FelixColombian residents in Chile shout slogans against Colombia's President Ivan Duque during a vigil against the violence happening in their home country, in Santiago, Chile, on 5 May 2021.
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Colombian residents in Chile shout slogans against Colombia's President Ivan Duque during a vigil against the violence happening in their home country, in Santiago, Chile, on 5 May 2021.
© AFP 2022 / Juan BarretoA demonstrator throws a stone at riot police vehicle during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government on Bolivar Square in Bogota on 5 May 2021.
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A demonstrator throws a stone at riot police vehicle during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government on Bolivar Square in Bogota on 5 May 2021.
© REUTERS / Nathalia AngaritaA police armored vehicle is pictured during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia 5 May 2021.
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A police armored vehicle is pictured during a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia 5 May 2021.
© AP Photo / Fernando VergaraAn anti-government protester clashes with police in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
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An anti-government protester clashes with police in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
© REUTERS / Santiago MesaA demonstrator participates in a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
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A demonstrator participates in a protest against poverty and police violence in Bogota, Colombia, 5 May 2021.
© AP Photo / Ivan ValenciaDemonstrators protest against tax reform in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
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Demonstrators protest against tax reform in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
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