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Colombians march in eighth day of protests

The protests were originally called in opposition to a now-cancelled tax-reform plan, but demonstrators have broadened their demands to include government action to tackle poverty, police violence and inequalities in the health and education systems.

Demonstrations and lawmaker opposition led to the tax reform's withdrawal and the resignation of the finance minister. International organizations have warned against police violence, which is so far linked to just under half of 24 confirmed deaths, mainly of protesters.

Many protesters are calling for the ESMAD riot police to be disbanded, but some said they did not blame individual officers.

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