BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – The Latest on protests in Colombia (all times local):
Colombian President IvÃ¡n Duque has ordered a curfew in the nationâ€™s capital amid continuing unrest following a massive march.
The president announced on Twitter that he has requested that Bogotaâ€™s mayor enforce a curfew beginning at 9 p.m. in all of the city.
The curfew comes one day after an estimated 250,000 people took to the streets in one of the nationâ€™s biggest marches in recent history.
There have been scattered clashes between protesters and police on Friday.
Volunteers wiped graffiti off historic buildings and swept up shattered glass at looted businesses in Colombia Friday amid sporadic unrest following massive national protests a day before.
Labor unions and student leaders called on Colombians to bang pots and pans Friday evening in another act of protest while authorities announced three people had died in overnight clashes with police.
Protest organizers urged President IvÃ¡n Duque to establish a dialogue with indigenous, student and labor groups to discuss potential reforms and criticized him for not directly addressing demonstrator complaints in a late-night address.
â€œIf they donâ€™t decide to govern in favor of the majority, the discontent will continue accumulating,â€ student leader JosÃ© CÃ¡rdenas said.
Officials estimated 250,000 protesters marched in protests around Colombia, largely peaceful demonstrations that ended with scattered confrontations between police and protesters who vandalized bus stations and looted businesses.
The upheaval comes as Latin America is experiencing a tide of discontent, with massive demonstrations in countries including Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador where citizens frustrated with their political leaders are taking to the streets.