May 5th, Colombian President Duke delivered a speech condemning the vandalism that had taken place during the nationwide strike demonstrations and saying that, according to the country’s prosecutors, the saboteurs were either directed or financed by drug cartels behind them. To this end, the Government of Colombia has now opened a telephone line to receive relevant reports from the public.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets since April 28th to protest against the government’s tax reform proposal to Congress, which later turned into a demonstration against the Duke government, according to Colombian media reports.
Police reportedly opened fire on the demonstrators. Colombia’s human rights watchdog reported that at least 19 people had been killed in the demonstrations.
Local time from the evening of the 4th to the early morning of the 5th, a total of 23 police stations were destroyed, one of which was set on fire, the incident still has 10 staff members inside the police station.
4, local time, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a message urging the Colombian people to remain calm, while stressing that law enforcement officials should respond to demonstrations in accordance with the principles of legality, caution, necessity and proportionality.