Colombia protesters hope to channel wave of discontent
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians angry with conservative President Iván Duque are hoping to channel Latin America’s wave of discontent as they take to the streets Thursday with a long list of grievances, from persistent economic inequality to violence against social activists.
Labor unions, student groups and ordinary citizens are expected to join in what could be one of the nation’s biggest demonstrations in recent years, testing an unpopular government as unrest grips the region.
Analysts are skeptical, however, that the event will generate any prolonged unrest like that seen recently in Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador, noting a lack of unifying factors in a divided country that is one of the region’s stronger economic performers.
The Duque government is nevertheless on edge, deploying 170,000 officers to enforce security.