Colombia’s Duque seeks to calm protest as grievances fester

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    Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has started a national conversation with different sectors of society to try to end long-running demonstrations.

    Peaceful marches took place in Bogota and Medellin, while roadblocks across the country slowed food deliveries, causing some prices to rise.

    Impeding supplies of food and other items, such as oxygen, is never justified, Duque said and the government is deploying riot police and the army to lift the barricades.

    Those on the streets said they remain sceptical of Duque’s overtures and that they do not see a solution in sight.

    Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Guasca, Colombia.

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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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