Colombia: Nationwide demonstrations enter third week

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    Anti-government protests in #Colombia entered their third week on Wednesday as unions,student groups and other organizations convened a national strike after fruitless talks with the government. #Demonstrations fueled by outrage at a now-canceled tax plan began in the Andean country on April 28. Protesters’ demands have expanded to include a basic income, an end to police violence and the withdrawal of a long-debated health reform.

    President Ivan #Duque has offered dialogue, but smaller demonstrations and road blockades have continued daily around the country amid skepticism from protest leaders that government promises will lead to concrete change. FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Bogota, Simone Bruno, tells us more.

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    The capital is Bogotá, the country’s largest city. With over 50 million inhabitants Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. The Republic of Colombia was declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903.

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