The Colombian Executive Proposed a Series Of Changes To Their Police. Will This Be Enough To Lift the Strike That Has Been Going On For Almost 50 Days?.
We will tell you what the new police reform, announced by President Duque, consists of. Photo: LatinAmerican Post
LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández
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The start of the national strike, that April 28, seems increasingly distant. This dissatisfaction with the tax reform has been mutating and the diversity of requests from those on the streets seems to be as varied as the protestors themselves. One of these requests for changes is to the police institutions that have been involved in hundreds of cases of excess violence.
Due to criticism, both internal and international, and considering the visit of the IACHR, which will be reviewing cases of human rights violations, Duque announced a reform that will generate several changes in the institution. Without knowing the measure in-depth, since it won't be presented to Congress until July 20, these are the main changes proposed by the Government:
Despite the suggested changes in the eventual reform, these have not appeased the protestors and the opposition groups. Although promises were made, there are several measures that are not being adopted. Among the most prominent are: moving the Police from the Ministry of Defense to the Ministry of the Interior or excluding them from military jurisdiction so that they are not judged as soldiers in combat.