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Colombia: Dozens injured as protests enter the second week

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Colombia Police Respond to Protests With Bullets, and Death, Toll Mounts

Thousands of anti-government protesters turned out again across Colombia on Wednesday, as the demonstrations against President Ivan Duque continue for the eighth day in a row.

Deadly clashes between police and the demonstrators led to dozens being injured over the course of the day.

The demonstrators, which included union members, students and indigenous people, rallied in various parts of Colombia’s capital, Bogota.

Many of the protesters carried signs calling for Duque’s resignation. The Bogota mayor office said 30 civilians and 16 officers were injured during attacks on police stations Wednesday.

Protests also took place in the major cities of Medellin and Cali. Road blockades manned by demonstrators have sprung up in parts of the country, impeding trade.

At least 24 people, including a police officer, have died since the protests started. The UN has urged the security forces to refrain from using firearms.

The police were believed to be responsible for at least 11 of those deaths, Colombia’s ombudsman said. More than 800 people have been injured in clashes between the police and demonstrators while more than 80 others are reported as missing.

The head of a Colombian federation of coffee growers said the product could not be exported out of the major port city of Buenaventura as of Wednesday, due to the blockades.

Bogotá’s city officials said 25 immediate response police commando posts, known as CAI for the initials in Spanish, had been attacked during the night. CAI are small police stations which can be found dotted across neighbourhoods and often consist of little more than a room or two.

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