Colombia: Poverty, inequality and violence erupt in Colombia, with ongoing police and gang battles

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    Recent clashes between anti-government protesters and Cali police have seen at least 58 people lose their lives, and drug gangs run rife.

    The nationwide protests began on the 28th of April over proposed tax increases, which the government said were needed to pay for costs caused by the pandemic.

    They’ve since developed into regular protests about social inequality.

    Sky News’ Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay reports.

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    In This Story: Colombia

    Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

    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.

    Colombia’s territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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