Colombia: The Fatalities During the National Strike

Since last April 28, Routes of Conflict has registered at least 35 fatalities during the demonstrations in Colombia, mostly young students and workers between the ages of 17 and 26. Police brutality, clashes and confusing facts were evidenced in this database that seeks to tell who the victims were and the circumstances surrounding their death.

Although the main motive of the citizens who left to march was dissatisfaction with the tax reform project proposed by the Government of Ivan Duque, once said project was withdrawn, the population continued to demonstrate against the government, which offered “military assistance.” to cities.

Several human rights organizations have denounced repeated abuses and lethal violence by the security forces during the national strike. Between April 28 and May 4, the NGO Indepaz registered 87 missing persons, 200 attacks by the Police, 1,220 injured and nine cases of sexual violence against women in the framework of the protests.

On the fourth day of demonstrations, May 2, Ivan Duque asked Congress to withdraw the tax reform and process a new project. The next day, the former Minister of Finance, Alberto Carrasquilla, presented his resignation. However, the discontent in the streets continued.

Although the tax reform project fell, thousands of citizens continue to march for various reasons: to overturn the health reform, reform the National Police, against the assassinations of social leaders and former combatants, to respect the Peace Agreement, among other requirements. However, police brutality, clashes with the police and confusing circumstances that led to the death of the victims, mostly young people, have stained the protests with blood.