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    In Colombia, more than two weeks of protests against the government – and most recently against alleged police violence – have intensified. In one city, Protesters set a police facility on fire after a 17-year old detainee who claimed she’d been groped and harassed , committed suicide. the national ombudsman’s office says

    at least 42 people have died during the protests and 168 people are missing.

    The office of the so-called Immediate Reaction Unit police force in the city of Popayan was set ablaze after allegations of abuse of a detainee, who later took her own life.

    The alleged incident of abuse upped the ante for activists in cities like Bogota.

    The protests actually started April 28th to oppose suggested tax increases on fuel, wages and pensions.

    Those proposals were withdrawn, but they helped pull young people, especially college students on to the streets – as reports emerged of police brutality, deaths and disappearances.

    Colombia’s deputy attorney general says a task force has been formed to look into allegations of police abuse.

    The government has shown interest in meeting with protesters as well, but tear gas, death and disappearances have kept opposition leaders on the streets trying to dodge whatever security forces are throwing their way.

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    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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