Colombia’s boiling point? Crackdown on tax revolt sparks wider social unrest

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  • FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Colombia’s boiling point? Crackdown on tax revolt sparks wider social unrest” – below is their description.

    What started out last week as #protests against tax hikes has spiraled. Evidence of #Colombia 🇨🇴 law enforcement firing on unarmed demonstrators have drawn condemnation from the international community.

    How to break the culture of #violence in a nation awash with guns, gangs, ex-rebels, paramilitaries, and where police answer to the defense minister? François Picard’s panel looks at how the social unrest of 2019 against inequality and poor government is back with a vengeance as Colombians suffer the consequences of the pandemic.

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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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