Colombia protests: Three dead as more than 200,000 demonstrate

Media captionWatch as police fire tear gas on protesters in Bogotá’s Bolívar Square

Three people were killed in colombia on Thursday amid nationwide mass protests against the right-wing government of President Iván Duque, officials say.

More than 200,000 people took to the streets to show discontent over possible austerity measures.

The protests were mostly peaceful but clashes between demonstrators and police broke out in cities including the capital, Bogotá, and Cali.

There has been a surge in anti-government protests in Latin America.

Colombian protesters are concerned about possible changes to the minimum wage, pension and tax reforms, and the privatisation of state companies. The government insists there are no planned pension or labour reforms and that any changes would take place in consultation with labour groups.

Protesters are also angry about alleged corruption and what some see as the government’s failure to honour a 2016 peace deal with left-wing Farc rebels amid a rise in violence.

Thursday’s general strike was called by unions and student groups, and more protests were expected on Friday. President Duque said he had heard Colombians and vowed to deepen “social dialogue”.

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