by Joe Parkin Daniels, The Guardian
Fifty-eight people have died in six weeks of unrest, but demonstrators say they are more determined than ever to fight for change.
Protests in Colombia that began in late April over a proposed tax hike have morphed into a generational outcry over the country’s deep-rooted inequalities.
Fifty-eight people have died in six weeks of unrest – at least 45 of them killed by police – and dozens of people have gone missing. Protesters have set up more than 2,000 roadblocks around the South American country, hitting businesses and the government, as well as slowing down humanitarian access. Police stations and civic buildings have been torched, and the images of smoke-filled streets and skirmishes between frontline protesters and riot police have become a daily reality.
But demonstrators say they are more determined than ever to fight for change.