Colombia unrest claims 3 lives: President orders curfew

Colombia unrest claims 3 lives: President orders curfew

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Bogota, Nov 23 : Curfew has been clamped in the Colombian capital amid escalating anti-government protest in the country that claimed three lives.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Colombian President said he has requested Bogota's Mayor to enforce a curfew in the city of seven million. The curfew was clamped on Friday after an estimated 2,50,000 people took to the streets in one of the nation's biggest marches in recent history.

Though the protest started out peaceful, it ended with scattered clashes between agitators and police. Three of the protesters died during nationwide demonstrations being done as part of a general strike protesting against the policies of President Ivan Duque's right-wing government, Sputnik reported quoting Defence Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo.

Addressing a press conference, the Defence Minister said, "Over the last few hours, authorities have confirmed the deaths of two people in Buenaventura due to unrest, and one more in Candelaria, both towns in Valle (del Cauca). The minister said two deaths occurred on Thursday night after a number of people attempted to loot a mall in Buenaventura, a port city on the Pacific coast. (UNI)