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Thousands of Colombians mobilize against Petro's reforms (VIDEOS)

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Most of the marches took place calmly and without episodes of disturbance of public order.

Thousands of Colombians took to the streets this Saturday in different cities of the country to protest against the reforms promoted by the Government of Gustavo Petro, which they consider “predictatorial”.

Pierre Onzaga, promoter of the demonstrations, called Great National March, declared that the objective of the call is “to draw a red line” to withdraw the measures promoted by the Colombian president. “We are not looking for any negotiation”, he asserted.

The mobilizations were registered in cities like Medellín, Cali, Cucuta, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Pereira, Manizales and Bogotá, where protesters marched with Colombian flags and banners bearing slogans such as: “No to the Petro dictatorship” or “No to the tax reform”. The former presidential candidate Enrique Gómez and senators from the Democratic Center, Miguel Uribe and Paloma Valencia participated in the demonstrations in the capital.

In the marches that ran through Medellín, the congregants carried posters with phrases like: “Petro is destroying the economy” or “The tax reform only brings hunger and misery”. One of the demonstrators declared to Blu Radio that she was protesting “for the injustice of this country, because Petro wants to end everything, to start health, to follow the pensioners, and, third, because Antioquia is going to divide us and I, as an Antioquian, am not going to allow that”.

For her part, Senator of the Democratic Center, Paola Holguín, declared that “there are thousands of reasons” to take to the streets. “To say ‘no’ to the tax reform, that they do not end the health system, that they do not generate the insecurity that they are causing in the mining-energy system and be careful with the institutions,” he indicated.

During the marches in this city, an act of intolerance towards an alternative media outlet was presented. In a video that circulates on social networks, it can be seen how a group of demonstrators removes a journalist from the place of the protest

who He was covering the demonstration. Through his Twitter account, President Petro called attention to the dealers, defending that “every media outlet has the right to cover and inform.” “Do not hinder the freedom of the press” , he asked.

In the right-wing march in Medellin they are already verbally and physically attacking the alternative media. They want freedom, but only for themselves. pic.twitter.com/vMKwtGtFWY

— Jahfrann (@Jahfrann) October 29, 2022

The Ministry of the Interior, which had installed a unified command post to monitor the march, reported that the day passed “peacefully.” “The demonstrators were able to exercise their constitutional right to protest and they did so for the most part in a peaceful manner, with isolated events occurring only in the city of Bogotá,” he said in a statement.

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