Colombia mass demonstrations ‘reflect a deep national crisis’

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    Colombian politicians have voted to not back health care reforms after four weeks of violent demonstrations.

    But anti-government protesters still took to the streets again on Wednesday to demand social change, better security and more economic support in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The protests started last month after President Ivan Duque introduced a tax reform which he was forced to withdraw after furious demonstrations against it.

    Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports Bogota, Colombia.

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