Protesters rally in second national strike in less than a week in honor of Dilan Cruz, 18, who died after being hit by police teargas canister
Colombian unions and student groups have held their second national strike in less than week, in honor of a dead demonstrator and to protest against rumored government economic plans, corruption and police violence.
The series of protests began last week with a 250,000-person march and a nationwide strike.
Demonstrators are rallying against economic plans such as a rise in the pension age and a cut to the minimum wage for young people that the president, Ivn Duque, denies supporting, as well what they say is a lack of government action to stop corruption and the murder of hundreds of human rights activists.
Marches have attracted thousands of peaceful demonstrators, but Thursday and Friday were also marked by the destruction of mass transit stations, curfews in Cali and Bogot and the deaths of three people in connection with alleged looting.
Thousands massed in Bogotas central Plaza de Bolivar in front of congress and a block from the presidential palace on Wednesday afternoon. Additional marchers were on their way to join them.
Were heading to the Plaza de Bolivar to shout to this government that we have many needs, that we are demanding our rights, that we are tired of them not listening, said accountant Oliverio Zambrano, 33, as he headed to the plaza in a group of about 40 others.