Tens of hundreds of Colombians protesting a tax reform plan took to the streets Saturday for the fourth straight day, even after the president vowed to withdraw probably the most unpopular components of the bundle.
Many Colombians had complained that the tax modifications would depart them poorer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, President Ivan Duque gave in to the stress from the streets and mentioned he would search a rewrite of the plan and scrap probably the most unpopular clauses — reducing the revenue tax threshold to broaden the tax base and elevating value-added taxes on items and providers.
However that was not sufficient to maintain Colombians from marching on Could Day and venting their anger in opposition to the federal government.
“It isn’t sufficient to withdraw the reform,” mentioned 27 yr outdated Maria Teresa Flores in Bogota. She mentioned the federal government’s dealing with of the pandemic and different actions “blew up in our faces.”
Julian Naranjo, who works in environmental points, mentioned, “it’s unimaginable that on this disaster we’re going by, the violence that this nation is enduring,” the federal government proposes a tax reform “that finally ends up making individuals poorer.”
In addition to Bogota, demonstrations had been held in different main cities corresponding to Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla and Cartagena.
The tax reform plan had been meant to boost some $6.3 billion in further income over 10 years for Colombia, which noticed GDP drop 6.8 p.c in 2020 — its worst efficiency in half a century.
Colombia, the place virtually one in 5 individuals are unemployed and the minimal wage is the equal of $248 per thirty days, is battling a lethal new wave of Covid-19.
At 2.8 million, the nation of fifty million inhabitants has the third-highest variety of recognized coronavirus infections in Latin America, behind Brazil and Argentina. It has registered greater than 73,200 deaths.