Colombia’s boiling point? Crackdown on tax revolt sparks wider social unrest

Colombia’s boiling point? Crackdown on tax revolt sparks wider social unrest

Why the violence? In Colombia, what started out last week as protests against tax hikes has spiralled, with at least 24 killed so far. Protesters themselves have sometimes got out of hand, like with the firebombing of a Bogota police station. But it is images of law enforcement firing on unarmed demonstrators, plus the use of tanks and assault weapons that have drawn the most condemnation from the international community. 

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