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Analysis: Colombia’s dilemma – the uprisings’ economic roots

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Protests in the country are forcing Colombia to question what is more important: having healthy public finances or rebuilding trust in the government.

"If you know why the shutdown occurred, please be pedagogical and explain to everyone else that this shutdown was not only due to the tax reform," reads an anonymous post that recently went viral on Colombia's social networks.

For over 20 days, the country has witnessed a succession of protests for which there is currently no immediate solution. The Minister of Finance has resigned, the bill to raise taxes has been shelved . . .

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