Colombians take to the streets to oppose tax reform



Tens of thousands of Colombians joined protest marches in the country's major cities against a proposed tax reform.

Protesters took to the streets in defiance of เล่นสล็อต a court order ruling that the marches should be postponed because of a current spike in Covid-19 cases.

Demonstrators clashed with riot police in several cities and one person is reported to have died in Cali in "an incident related to the demonstration".

The government says the reform is key to mitigating the economic crisis.

Colombia's gross domestic product (GDP) dropped by 6.8% last year, its deepest crash in half a century, and the coronavirus pandemic has further driven up its unemployment rate.

Colombia currently has one of the lowest tax revenues compared to other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2019, it collected 20% of GDP in taxes; only Mexico collected a smaller percentage among OECD countries.

The government of President Iván Duque argues that the time has come to increase the taxes it collects if it is to cover its spending.