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Colombia government ready to meet with protest leaders

The Colombian government has said that it is prepared to meet with leaders of the anti-government protest movement but asked they cancel a national demonstration scheduled for Wednesday. The protests, which are entering their 12th consecutive day, have drawn anywhere from hundreds to several thousand people who often bang pots and pans as they demand right-wing president Ivan Duque change his policies. We are ready to meet with them this afternoon or tomorrow to discuss their complaints, Diego Molano, a senior official in Duque s government appointed to lead the government s negotiations, told reporters on Monday. The National Strike Committee -- which groups unions, students, university lecturers and indigenous groups -- had in an open letter called on Friday for an inclusive, democratic and effective dialogue, while also vowing to continue protesting Duque s announcement of a national dialogue earlier last week. Molano asked protest leaders to cancel plans for a December 4 ...

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