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A month and a half after taking office, Petro faces first demonstrations

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Protesto em Cali: colombianos se manifestaram contra reformas nas áreas tributária, previdenciária e eleitoral, além do aumento dos preços dos combustíveis

Protest in Cali: Colombians have spoken out against reforms in the tax, social security and electoral areas, in addition to the increase in fuel prices | Photo: EFE/Ernesto Guzmán

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, who took office on August 7, faced this Monday (19) the first major manifestations of his mandate. Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Bogotá, and other large cities, such as Medellín and Cali, to protest against the reforms announced in the tax, social security and electoral areas, in addition to the increase in fuel prices.

The organizer of the Great National March, Pierre Onzaga, declared that the proposed reform in taxation, which provides for more taxes for those who earn more and on hydrocarbons, will make life difficult for the entire Colombian population, not just those with higher incomes.

“We saw that they told the country that this reform was for the 4,000 richest Colombians, but it seems to be for the 24 million richest Colombians . It has already been said that the basic food basket will not be taxed, but will end up being via [mais impostos sobre] plastic and gasoline. What we are saying here is that we found several things that were sold to the people, but in practice they are not being carried out”, he criticized.

This Monday, Petro was in the department of Norte de Santander for the formal reopening of the border with Venezuela, closed to vehicle traffic for seven years. On the Venezuelan side, the governor of the state of Táchira, Freddy Bernal, and representatives of the Ministries of Transport and Industry were present.

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