Dozens of people reported missing in Colombian protests

ABC News’ Victor Oquendo reports on the deadly ongoing protests and violence at the hands of Colombian police causing the president to reverse course on proposed tax hikes.
2:51 | 05/06/21

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Dozens of people have been reported missing in the country of Colombia after days of protests have led to chaos and even death the uprisings have also claimed the life of the teen Agassi's victory ten no brings us this report. Protest in Colombia's major cities to boldly into chaos and bloodshed. At least nineteen people killed 87 are still reported missing. Colombia's Wylie police blamed for much of the violence. Some of it Khan on camera. A government agency is now investigating the death of seventeen year old Monsanto and middle seen kicking the policeman sitting on a motorbike. He knew of the incident was shared on social media. The police came in response shoot out here though as he runs away. Colombians took to the streets last week to protest a new proposed tax hike meant to unburdened the government and the pandemic financial sting. The Colombian economy shrank by 7% last year causing the poverty level to jump took 43%. From 36%. But the loan was met with outcry from working class Colombians. Fearing that the proposed tax increase would plunge them into poverty. Mom I'm. What did this march is the biggest display of outreach against this government. Against the tax reform and against the labor and pension reform the bottom of the government has gone against the country in the country's responding more than five largest cities. On the streets tensions between demonstrators and riot police quickly escalated. Police using harsh measures to disperse protesters. Some of them playing better at throwing Brooks and Molotov cocktails. The chaos and violence cruelty Colombia's president to reverse course Sunday. Sony seed don't like one witness saw an article you can. It is an AP don't did predict a breakout remaining steady ASEAN them. The move caused Colombia's finance minister to say he would resign with the protests still continues. Demonstrators in human rights groups are pulling out Colombia's play a police woman accused of human rights abuses. Most recently for the protesters deaths. This police station in but we'll come reportedly burnt down with the words you were killing us Rafidah one of the walls. The pandemic has also highlighted the disparities between the haves and have not. And the protesters are no calling for real economic reform capital gain to close the gap between the rich and poor in their country. They can get just social problem. A change in social economic system is needed is as simple as that we have to talk about redistribution of goods and services as soon as possible. Picture oh can do for ABC news.

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