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Colombia anti-government protesters clash with police

 International Desk

 Published: 05:24 PM, 22 November 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Hundreds of thousands of Colombians took to the streets on Thursday amid a general strike over rumored economic reforms and increasing discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque. –DW reports.

According to Protest organizers, more than 1 million people demonstrated across the country, while authorities put estimates at 207,000.

What began as peaceful marches turned violent by early evening as demonstrators threw rocks at riot police officers, who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

As tensions rose further, locals attempted to enter the nation's Congress and tore down some black cloth protecting a historic building in Plaza Bolivar, in downtown Bogota.

At least 36 people including 28 police officers were wounded in the clashes nationwide, authorities confirmed. 

Duque’s government had deployed 170,000 officers for security enforcements and closed border crossings. Ten people were arrested and another 22 were temporarily detained. 

In the city of Cali, 460 kilometers southwest of the capital, the mayor implemented a curfew from 7 p.m. local time (midnight GMT). Protesters had blocked roads and damaged dozens of transit stations, according to authorities.