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The Daily Brief: Colombians Swarm The Streets To Protest Tax Proposals

Story Headline: Tens of Thousands of Colombians Have Gathered Around The Country To Protest Newly Proposed Tax Reforms

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  • Newly proposed tax reforms have sparked massive outrage in Colombia causing violent protests to erupt across the country.
  • The tax proposals add and/or expand taxes for citizens and business owners as well as reducing tax exemptions.
  • The Colombian middle class fears that they will be hit the hardest by the new tax reforms proposed by President Ivan Duque’s right-wing government.
  • Colombia’s biggest unions urged workers to protest the proposal, prompting tens of thousands of Colombians to swarm the streets despite a court order to postpone the protest due to a third wave of COVID.
  • The biggest crowds formed in large cities such as Bogotá, Medellin and Cali, with all 3 cities seeing violent clashes between police and protesters.
  • The protests included teachers, university students, trade unions, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous groups among others.
  • Riot police attempted to disperse protesters with tear gas; video footage shows pouring rain, loud explosions, and violent interactions between police and protests.
  • Although the tax proposal sparked the protests, Colombians have been growing increasingly disgruntled with their government since the 2016 peace deal between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group and the government.
  • Although the deal ended 50 years of violence, it has also caused holes in security across the country. Many regions in Colombia lack state presence and have fallen prey to armed groups which propagate illegal mining economies or drug trafficking.
  • These events have culminated in the residents of Colombia growing frustrated with the government’s lack of security for its citizens and has contributed to fueling the mass protests around the country.
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China Launches Core Module of Tiangong Space Station

  • China launched its Tianhe core module of the – to be completed – Tiangong space station. This module contains the living spaces for the three crew members, where they are intended to stay for long periods of time.
  • There are at least ten more launches scheduled to finish the space station, with the estimated completion time set for the end of 2022. China intends for the Tiangong station to last for at least ten years.
  • The International Space Station (ISS), which has long excluded China, is the only space station currently in orbit, and China’s launch will be the first independent space station yet.
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Scotland allowed back into the EU

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  • More than 170 cultural figures, including writers, philosophers, and artists, have signed a letter calling for agreements to allow Scotland re-entry into the European Union.
  • The advocates argue that Scotland deserves special prominence in gaining EU membership, as opposed to the typical application process.
  • Support for Scottish independence has risen since the Brexit referendum of 2016, as a majority of Scots had voted to remain in the UK, whereas Brits had voted otherwise.
  • It is predicted that Scotland will be able to join the EU once independent negotiations are met, which could take up to a decade.
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Biden Speaks of Accomplishments and Goals After 100 Days in Office

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  • US President Joe Biden spoke in front of lawmakers on Wednesday, outlining his accomplishments from the first 100 days of his term, as well as his aspirations for the future.
  • Biden spoke about major events regarding the pandemic, such as the COVID relief bill that his administration passed and his goal for 200 million vaccinations nationwide. He also discussed his accomplishments regarding climate change, which involved several executive orders and interactions with other countries.
  • Much discussion was raised about the trillions of dollars he plans to spend on bills tackling issues such as the pandemic, infrastructure, social programs, and health care. Biden is also discussing a huge increase in taxes on the top 1% of income earners.
  • The overall tone of his speech was optimistic, focusing on unity and progressive ideals. History was made with two women sitting behind him, one of them being the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris.
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Myanmar Bases Under Attack

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  • Two air bases were damaged in Myanmar as attacks on the military ensued with blasts and rocket fire.
  • Pro-democracy protests have emerged more prominently in Myanmar since removal of their elected leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The protests are often met with forceful quelling by the military.
  • Despite violent suppression of protests, demonstrations have continued throughout the country in demand for a restoration of democracy.
  • The situation is worsened by fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic insurgents which has led to increasing political unrest with arrests and violence on both sides.
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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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