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Colombian president vows police ‘modernization’ amid global censure of brutal tactics

The Colombian government has announced plans to “modernize” its police force in the face of persisting criticism of its brutal tactics against protesters, highlighted again during the recent anti-state rallies.

President Ivan Duque declared on Sunday that he had ordered the establishment of "a decree that will modernize the structure of the national police, especially to strengthen the policy... on human rights."

The announcement, however, came as an umbrella national strike committee, made up of unions, student groups and other civil society organizations, suspended negotiations with Bogota officials -- aimed at reaching a deal to end protest rallies -- since the government has so far refused to sign a pre-agreement reached late last month.

Without specifically yielding to protesters' demands for police "reform," the US-backed Colombian president promised a "transformation" of the country’s brutal police force, which -- after decades of armed conflict and violent clashes with anti-government groups and drug traffickers – remains under the jurisdiction of the Latin American country’s military.

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