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Weekly Report - 21 March 2019 (WR-19-11)

COLOMBIA: Indigenous groups challenge Duque

The disruptive and violent protests being staged by indigenous groups in Colombia’s south-western departments of Cauca and Huila are emerging as a significant political test for the government led by President Iván Duque. The protesters’ demands that the unfulfilled promises made by the previous government led by Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) be honoured pose a conundrum for the Duque administration’s efforts to rationalise government spending, impose the rule of law and not be held to ransom by interest groups. However, the economic damage that the protests are producing, and the potential for them to spark wider discontent, represent risks for the Duque administration.

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