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Colombia: Protests intensify on fourth day over tax reform bill

Al Jazeera, 02 May 2021
There has been violence during May Day marches in Colombia, where workers' rights protests combined with anger over proposed tax changes.
Protests gathered at the National Park in Bogota to continue protesting against a controversial tax reform that they say would raise taxes on the middle class at a time of great economic pain.
Rising poverty and unemployment following COVID-19 restrictions have people increasingly venting their anger in the streets, openly defying official pleas to stay home.
The chaos has forced President Ivan Duque to backpedal on the tax reform plans promising to rewrite the bill excluding taxes on basic food items, utilities and gasoline that angered protesters.

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

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