Colombia Is Rising Up

Today marks one month of large-scale protests across Colombia, an uprising without a clear precedent in the South American country’s history. It started with a national strike in April protesting a tax reform bill, but it soon became an entrenched mass movement against poverty, inequality, and state violence, fueled by poor urban youths who do battle directly with the police. According to human rights groups, more than 40 people have been killed by security forces, and the upheaval has turned into a genuine crisis of legitimacy for a historically unpopular government. VICE News spent time on the front lines of the unrest.

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