19 November 2019

 

Predictions

  • 21 November protests will be large and potentially violent, but will not cause political instability or substantially disrupt government reform plans
  • Protests will be large and disruptive, but will not seek…
  • In event of large-scale violence or prolonged protests, President could scale back…

 

Analysis

An unprecedented array of labour unions, indigenous organisations, student groups and social movements will join forces to hold nationwide demonstrations against President Ivan Duque on 21 November over a wide range of grievances. These include Duque’s business-friendly reform proposals, public security failings, and a perception that his market-oriented economic growth policies are failing to improve living standards. Some of the organisers have been inspired to mobilise by the recent surge of large and often violent protests elsewhere in Latin America, including in Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador. Ahead of the event, Duque said he respected peoples’ right to protest, but some of his supporters warned that hardline demonstrators intended to use violence. Duque was also reportedly planning to issue a decree on 19 November permitting local and regional authorities to take extraordinary measures to…

Nationwide protests expected across Colombia opposing President Ivan Duque

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