Colombian anti-govt. protests against tax reform bill

Protesters who gathered in Bogota voiced skepticism about government promises to reform the police and improve opportunities for young people, including a 25% minimum wage subsidy for companies that hire 18 to 28-year-olds, a provision in the tax reform.

Several thousand people were gathered at 23 protest locations in the capital, the Bogota mayor's office said.

Colombia's government on Tuesday formally presented a $3.95 billion tax reform bill to congress. The law would raise 15.2 trillion pesos per year, significantly less than the 23.4 trillion pesos sought by the government in an April proposal that was later withdrawn amid sometimes-deadly protests and lawmaker opposition.

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