At least 16 dead in Colombia protests, according to the Ombudsman’s Office

Protests began last Wednesday with peaceful demonstrations in the country's main cities, but acts of vandalism and rioting in places such as Cali, Ibagué, Medellín and Bogotá have increased social tension.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The protests and riots of the past 5 days in Colombia against the controversial tax reform bill, now withdrawn by the Government, have left at least 16 dead and over 700 injured, the Ombudsman's Office reported on Monday.

According to data from the institution, which did not provide details on the victims' identities or the circumstances surrounding the deaths, in these turbulent days "254 civilians and 457 police officers have also been injured," but other sources report higher figures for both deaths and injuries.

Protests began last Wednesday with peaceful demonstrations in the country's . . .

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