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Weekly Report - 06 May 2021 (WR-21-18)

COLOMBIA: Protests put the brakes on tax reform

After five days of mass protests across Colombia, on 2 May President Iván Duque announced that he had ordered the withdrawal of the government’s divisive tax reform bill, which was swiftly followed by the resignation of its architect, the finance minister, Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera. The government insists that it will draft a new tax bill, but it has been forced into dialogue with a wide range of actors and may find itself distracted by a public outcry against police brutality that is now reaching a crescendo amidst widespread reports of excessive use of force leading to fatalities. Meanwhile, increasingly violent unrest continues to grip the country.

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