Protests in Colombia Seek to Increase Pressure on Government

Iván Duque tries to frame discontent in a political dispute and blames opposition sectors for trying to "capitalize on the chaos".

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The protests against the government of Iván Duque in Colombia complete seven days amid economic demands, rapprochement between demonstrators and authorities and cases of repression such as the one that led to the death of young Dilan Cruz.

Trade unions and student organizations took to the streets on Wednesday in a new general strike called a few hours earlier. The mobilizations, which began with uneven support in Bogotá and triggered blockades in Cali, are exacerbating the pressure on the president. He is blaming opposition sectors, which he calls "pyromaniacs", for "intending to conquer with violence . . .

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