Mass Colombia protests

This item appears on page 18 of the January 2020 issue.

At least 200,000 protesters took to the streets throughout Colombia on Nov. 22 to protest the economic policies of the government. Most protests were peaceful; however, in some larger cities, including Bogotá, protesters clashed with police, leading to at least 98 arrests. There were more than 500 injuries, to both protesters and police, reported. On Nov. 23, the mayor of Bogotá imposed a citywide curfew in response to the continuing protests.

During the protests, one student was killed when hit in the head by a projectile fired by police, who claim it was a rubber bullet, while two people were killed in the act of looting. Another death was reported, but the circumstances of that death were unknown at press time.