Is Civil Unrest the Future of the Americas?
Over the last month, Colombia has erupted in protest, with citizens taking to the streets in frustration over pandemic lockdowns and rising poverty and unemployment, among other issues. Demonstrations have been mostly peaceful, but some have been marked by extreme violence, extensive property damage, and deadly clashes with the police. Is Colombia a harbinger of things to come elsewhere in Latin America, where countries struggle with a third wave of COVID-19 and the continued battering of their economies? In this episode of “Americas 360,” our experts discuss the most recent mobilizations in Colombia and what they might portend for other countries of the hemisphere.
This episode of Americas 360 was produced and edited by Oscar Cruz, Jacqueline Orr and Olivia Soledad.
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