July 30, 2021

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Colombia: President proposes anti-vandalism law because of protests

Protesters have destroyed infrastructure facilities, blocked major access roads and attacked police stations.

Colombian President Ivan Duque has proposed a law against vandalism and rioting, as weeks of protests continue in the country.

Duque called on parliament to pass such a law in the coming legislative period “so that those who promote these practices cannot try to get away unpunished,” Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported on Wednesday.

Colombia has been rocked by violent protests against its government for months.

At least two dozen people have died in riots so far, mostly as a result of police violence.

Protesters have destroyed infrastructure facilities, blocked major access roads and attacked police stations.

In the capital Bogota, protesters recently threatened several bus drivers with knives and hijacked five buses.

The protests were initially against a controversial tax and health reform that President Ivan Duque has since been withdrawn. Now trade unionists, Indigenous people and students are calling for fundamental reforms in the country.

Colombia is plagued by violence, poverty and social inequality.

The country reached 15.6 per cent unemployment in May, with 3.8 million people out of work, the national statistical authority said Wednesday.(dpa/NAN)

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