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Addressing Social Unrest in Colombia: A Conversation with Minister of the Interior, Daniel Palacios

Updated: May 13, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CSIS Americas Program and Colombian Interior Minister Daniel Palacios Martinez joined for a conversation about Colombia's recent public demonstrations and protests.

The demonstrations began on April 28 in response to a tax reform measure proposed by the Government to mitigate the country's economic crisis. On May 3, President Duque withdrew the bill. The protests have continued and have become a broad call for improvements to Colombia's health and education systems and law enforcement tactics, among other reforms.

The discussion addressed the reasons for the proposed tax reform, the role of misinformation, disinformation, and social media, and the importance of improved training for police and military units. Dan Runde, Senior Vice President and head of the CSIS Americas Program, moderated the conversation.


Minister Daniel Palacios Martínez Minister of the Interior, Government of Colombia


Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development


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