Protesters Violently Clash With Police in Colombia After Massive Anti-Austerity March
Violent clashes broke out in Bogota’s storied Bolivar Plaza on Thursday, November 21, with police using thick clouds of tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters amassed there.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to demand the government maintain the minimum wage for young people and the universal right to a pension, even though the government has repeatedly denied it is considering those changes.
Other groups of marchers protested what they say is a lack of government action to prevent the murder of hundreds of human rights activists, corruption at universities and other issues.
Colombian President Ivan Duque had repeatedly warned his government would not tolerate violence, and police deployed tear gases in multiple cities.(REUTERS)