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Colombia: Nationwide anti-tax protests November 28 /update 2

Strikes, protests, and roadblocks by anti-tax activists expected nationwide November 28; significant disruptions possible

22 Nov 02:38 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/22/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/13/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá, Caribbean coast
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Event

Strikes and protests by various groups - including students, labor unions, and campesinos (peasant farmers) - are set to take place nationwide on Wednesday, November 28. Demonstrations are likely in major cities, notably the capital Bogotá, and protesters may erect roadblocks on city roads and highways throughout the country. As with all protests in Colombia, clashes between protesters and security forces are possible, particularly if the latter attempt to forcibly break up roadblocks.

A related nationwide 24-hour strike has also been scheduled for December 13.

Context

Protesters are denouncing a proposed 19 percent sales tax (IVA) increase on food products. Numerous demonstrations regarding the same issue have been held in the country in recent weeks. 

Advice

Individuals in Colombia are advised to systematically avoid all protests, never attempt to cross a roadblock without authorization, and be prepared for traffic disruptions.

 

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