In the affluent district of Cali, Colombia, residents stood side by side police fired their weapons at the protesters.
They believe that they are protecting their property from the mob.
50 days social Complaints: Against the government of right-wing President Ivan Duke, Cali’s class split seems to be widening.
The southeastern city, known for its social inequality and racism, has been the epicenter of violent riots.
On: On May 28, a crowd of some nearby cottage settlements found themselves in the wealthy modern district of Ciudad ud and tried to burn down the police station.
Residents responded with gunshots.
“It was like a civil war with civilians worried about their homes and property, and the police on the one hand and the protesters on the other, wanting to impose this anarchy, this chaos in our neighborhood,” said Andres Escobar, 30, a publicist. AFP:
Escobar admits that he fired several shots from his automatic pistol in the air that day. It turned out to be the most horrific day of protests in the city, in which 13 people were killed.
That day marked the most obvious example of a “clash’s marked by differences in class, race and ethnicity” exacerbated by the epidemic, said Luis Castillo, a sociologist at the University of Cali Valle.
Ciudad Ard is reminiscent of a mini-Beverly Hills with its luxurious boutiques, private pools and palm-tree avenues.
Almost none of the residents took to the streets to protest against Duke.
They also did not protest against the brutal treatment of the protesters by the police.
Those who are the first complained Initially opposed to the now-defunct tax reform proposal – on April 28, it was mainly students’ unions who demanded a change of government.
But for the first time, young black, mixed-race people from poor neighborhoods joined.
“Potassium, where the 67 percent poverty rate is much higher than in the rest of the country, has a clear ‘racial segregation,'” Castillo said.
It helps explain why poor, black neighborhoods emerged after the epidemic hit the informal sector hard.
The AF guides interviewed by AFP ranged in age from 15 to 35, either in the informal sector, unemployed, or students.
They demand work, education and health services.
Some cook, while others draw the sketches of dead companions on the floor, as they all listen to reggaeton and smoke for hours.
They claim to have weapons, but can only show homemade shields, sticks or stones.
“These people are tired of ‘seeing families in misery,'” said Plain, the coordinator of the Puerto Madeira Roadblock, who was shot dead during clashes with police.
“We want the rights of those who have some money to be the same for the poor,” said Plaine.