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At least 17 dead, 800 injured in days-long Colombia protests

At least 17 people died and more than 800 were injured in clashes that broke out in Colombia during five days of protests against a proposed government tax reform, authorities say.

The Ombudsman’s Office says 16 civilians and one police officer died in violence during the protests that began throughout the country on April 28, and 846 people, including 306 civilians, were injured.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated.

Demonstrators make a vigil for fellow demonstrators who died, disappeared or were wounded in the past days’ protests against a tax reform bill launched by President Ivan Duque in Cali, Colombia, on May 2, 2021. (Luis ROBAYO / AFP)
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