How San Francisco is showing support for Colombia amid deadly protests

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — San Francisco is showing support for Colombia after deadly protests were sparked due to a proposed tax reform.

Hundreds gathered at San Francisco’s Ferry Building this weekend for a “Day of Solidarity for Colombia”.

Photos shared with KRON4 show the crowd at the Ferry Building.

One sign reads, “Stop the massacre! Stop police brutality! No more violence!”

Other events are planned in the upcoming week, including a protest at the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco On Monday.

People will begin gathering at 9 a.m.

Organizers say the goal is to educate people on what is happening in Colombia, and how they can support.

Demonstrations began in Colombia on April 28 to protest against a tax reform proposed by its president Iván Duque that would have squeezed the middle class.

The tax reform sought to raise taxes by about $6.7 billion to pay the country’s debts and maintain a basic income scheme for 3 million low-income people that started during the pandemic.

The president’s administration withdrew it four days later, but the protests continued — and grew.

Last week, hundreds gathered in front of the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco to show their support.

At least 24 peopled have been killed, including a police officer, and more than 800 have been injured. An unknown number of people are also missing.

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