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    Colombia tax protests: At least 17 dead, ombudsman says

    Colombia’s office of สล็อตออนไลน์ the ombudsman has confirmed that at least 17 people were killed in five days of protests against a proposed tax reform.

    At least 800 people were injured as the police clashed with demonstrators in major cities.

    Human rights groups and protesters have accused riot police squads of using unnecessary force.

    The reforms, which would have increased taxes on low- and middle-income groups, have now been shelved.

    President Iván Duque announced on Sunday that the controversial measure would be withdrawn.

    The casualty figures were made public by Colombia’s office of the ombudsman which used data provided by the police and the attorney general’s office.

    They confirm reports by human rights groups which had reported more than a dozen people killed in protests in Colombia’s major cities.

    Colombia’s ombudsman, Carlos Camargo, told Caracol Radio that the figure of those killed could be higher than the 17 they have so far listed. He said his office had received reports of 20 deaths but had not yet been able to verify all the reports.

    Colombia’s ombudsman’s office is an official government agency tasked with overseeing the protection of citizens’ human and civil rights.

    Among those injured in the clashes were hundreds of police officers, according to the ombudsman’s tally.

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