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Colombia: Major Protests Continue in Buenaventura, Despite Crackdown

HeadlineMay 23, 2017

In Colombia, major protests and strikes continue for a seventh straight day in the port city of Buenaventura, as residents demonstrate against widespread violence in the region and a lack of basic services. The government has launched an increasingly violent crackdown against protesters, killing at least one demonstrator and injuring dozens more, including children. Despite the crackdown, tens of thousands of people took to the the streets of Buenaventura over the weekend. The National Afro-Colombian Peace Council says residents of the region are living through a humanitarian crisis, with assassinations, kidnappings, threats, torture, the targeted killing of community leaders and mass displacement by extraction projects in the territory.

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