Colombia has been rocked by the most significant protests in recent memory. In late April and May Colombians took to the streets across the country initially to protest a proposed new tax law. But what began as a protest against this new tax bill swiftly morphed into a broad based protest movement against systemic inequality.

Colombia is one of the most unequal countries in the world and these protests are seeking to upend the political system that has entrenched this inequality in Colombian society.

I caught up with my guest today Elizabeth Dickinson of the International Crisis Group, from Bogota. We kick off discussing how and why these protests began and spread so quickly throughout the country. She also explains how the legacy of the decades long civil war between the government of Colombia and the left wing FARC rebel group and the peace deal that was signed five years ago has shaped the public’s response to this protest movement.

 

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