- Title: Colombian unions march in support of aid bills for working class and poor
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (SEPTEMBER 28, 2021) (REUTERS) COLOMBIAN HEALTH WORKERS PROTESTING AND HOLDING SIGNS SIGN READING (Spanish) "Health care workers are invisible to the state" HEALTH WORKERS MARCHING PEOPLE PLAYING DRUMS AND MARCHING WOMAN MARCHING POLICE OFFICERS GUARDING PROTEST (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HEAD OF THE CENTRAL UNION OF WORKERS (CUT), FRANCISCO MALTES, SAYING: "Eight million people do not have three meals. There are about three million people who only eat once a day. Poverty has increased, and today there are 22 million poor people. It means that government aid is insufficient, and that is why we propose a basic income of one minimum wage for 13 months, for 7.5 million families." GENERAL VIEW OF PEOPLE MARCHING PEOPLE MARCHING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PLAYING DRUMS SIGN READING (Spanish) "Uribe 2002-2010, 7,400 social leaders killed. Duque: 800 social leader killed" (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEMONSTRATOR, JIMENA ORTIZ, SAYING: "We will have a number of demonstrations. We even know that the social sectors have been meeting in some neighborhoods in Bogota and other cities. Protests will continue because the government did not listen to us." VARIOUS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE MARCHING PEOPLE MARCHING SIGN READING (Spanish) "No need to fear; we must change." VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATOR WEARING BULL COSTUME DURING PROTEST
- Embargoed: 12th October 2021 21:03
- Keywords: President Ivan Duque Protests social policies. Congress
- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- City: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Topics: South America / Central America,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWMXRNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thousands of Colombian protesters returned to the streets of major cities on Tuesday (September 28) to demand that Congress approve union-backed social policies to benefit the poorest.
The marchers - their numbers much reduced from a peak earlier this year - also demonstrated against a nearly $4 billion tax reform approved this month by Congress and passed into law. Unions say it does not do enough for the working class.
The reform is meant to benefit 29 million people through emergency basic income payments to 4 million poor families, temporarily free tuition at public universities, and salary subsidies for businesses which hire women and youth.
Large protests between April and June led to the withdrawal of an initial version of the tax reform and prompted the resignation of the finance minister.
At least 29 people were killed in connection with those protests- with many deaths blamed on excessive use of force by police -while road blockades led to shortages around the country.
(Production: Herbert Villarraga, Camilo Cohecha, Liamar Ramos)
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