Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Colombia in protest, the New York times reported. It’s believed to be one of the biggest protests in the country in recent years. More than 200,000 people have taken part in demonstrations in several major cities in Colombia against new economic policies, according to official estimates.
Instead, peaceful demonstrations turned violent at night. There have also been massive clashes between demonstrators and police, with riot police using armoured vehicles to fire tear gas at stoned protesters. In response to the nationwide demonstration, the President said he was open to a long-term dialogue and promised to protect all colombians.
It is understood that the large-scale riots followed the government’s new policy about the pension, the Colombian government will in a few weeks ago pension cuts, though the policy has not officially released, but still will be successful public anger in the heart lit, and point to the President Garcia marquez, in August 2018, the duke sworn in Bogota, Colombia’s capital city center bolivar square, the official start of the presidency.
But several foreign media reports say the President’s approval rating has dropped from 64 percent to 26 percent since he took office. Sandra borda, associate professor of political science at the university of the andes in Los Angeles, Colombia, was quoted by the BBC as saying the strike was less like a demand for specific government demands than an anti-government demonstration.
In that sense, this is very similar to what happened in Chile. More social groups have joined the protest against the government in Chile following the recent rise in subway fares. Colombian police said as many as 200,000 people took part in the demonstration that day, and about 70 military and police officers were attacked by demonstrators.
There are even reports that explosions have been heard through the streets of the capital Bogota, and police have now arrested 36 rioters in accordance with the law. In Bogota, riot police were stationed at the gates of universities and notices were issued telling staff and students to stay at home, the guardian reported. Police also searched 27 homes on Monday for potential demonstrators.
In a tweet, President marquez said he knew that peaceful demonstrations were a way to express his demands and that Colombia was facing multiple challenges. He also warned against those who see the demonstrations as an opportunity to foment chaos and pledged to do all he can to maintain social order.