Colombia’s Duque summons protest leaders for talks after days of unrest

A teenager who became a symbol of ongoing protests in Colombia when he was injured by a teargas cannister died…

A teenager who became a symbol of ongoing protests in Colombia when he was injured by a teargas cannister died of his wounds late on Monday as President Ivan Duque summoned the leaders of a protest movement that has rattled the country for the past five days.

The death of 18-year-old Dilan Cruz, announced by the hospital where he had been receiving treatment since he was hit during a protest on Saturday, is likely to fuel criticism of the crowd dispersion tactics of the ESMAD riot police, which include tear gas and stun grenades.

Before his death was announced, protesters had marched past San Ignacio hospital chanting “Be strong Dilan!”. Some had paused at a heart-shaped flower arrangement decorated with candles and signs in his honor.

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