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Colombia unrest offers no quick solutions

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Significance

Large demonstrations on May 28 resulted in several deaths in Cali; President Ivan Duque deployed troops there the next day. Although that appears, temporarily, to have restored some order, talks between the government and protest leaders have stalled.

Impacts

  • The government still plans fiscal reform of some kind, but any proposals now risk inflaming unrest.
  • Prolonged accusations of human rights abuses and impunity could damage Colombia’s international reputation.
  • Fear of socialism and Venezuela’s struggles offer the government a powerful electoral weapon against the left.

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