At the least 13 individuals died on Friday within the Colombian metropolis of Cali, the epicenter of demonstrations throughout the nation, and lots of of these deaths might have been linked to protests, Mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina mentioned on Saturday.
Friday marked a month of usually bloody demonstrations throughout the nation. The federal government has linked 17 civilian deaths and the deaths of two cops to the protests, which began on April 28, whereas rights teams say dozens extra civilians have been killed by safety forces.
The protests had been initially to oppose a now-withdrawn tax reform however have since expanded. The unrest has additionally pressured the federal government into shelving well being reform and prompted the resignation of former Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla.
“This fateful day has meant a really vital variety of deaths, nevertheless we nonetheless cannot say if all of the deaths from Could 28 are totally linked and related to the protests,” Ospina mentioned in a video message.
Talks between the federal government and the protest leaders, together with union leaders who’ve fashioned a nationwide strike committee, have stalled.
Along with the 13 deaths reported by the legal professional normal’s workplace, 34 individuals have additionally been reported injured, Ospina added.
At the least 5 of the deaths on Friday had been immediately linked to the protests, the town’s safety secretary, Carlos Rojas, mentioned earlier on Saturday.
Affirmation of the reason for the deaths is predicted to be introduced on Sunday, a consultant of the legal professional normal’s workplace mentioned.
Following the violence in and round Colombia’s third-largest metropolis on Friday, President Ivan Duque ordered “the utmost deployment” of navy personnel to Cali and Valle del Cauca province, of which the town is the regional capital.
The federal government and protest leaders reached a “pre-agreement” for ending demonstrations on Monday, however strike organizers on Thursday mentioned the federal government had not signed the deal and accused it of stalling.
The federal government has not signed the deal as a result of some protest leaders haven’t condemned street blocks, it mentioned. Talks are set to renew on Sunday.
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