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Thousands protest in Colombia over economic policies, armed conflict

Bogota: Thousands of Colombians were on Thursday taking to the streets to demonstrate against liberal economic policies and armed conflict amid fears from the government that the country could join the violent protest wave sweeping other Latin American countries.
The nationwide marches and general strike had been called by trade unions and groups representing students, farmers, women, indigenous people and people of African descent.
The demonstrations prevented bus transport in parts of Bogota. Road blocks, burning barricades and acts of vandalism were reported in some cities.
President Ivan Duque’s government fears that Colombia could see violence similar to that in Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador, where dozens of people were killed in recent protests. (DPA)

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