Colombian president holds talks with protesters after unrest

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Colombian President Ivan Duque has met protest organizers in an effort to quell several days of unrest in the South American nation – but the talks ended without any clear indication of whether they will continue

Colombian President Ivan Duque has met protest organizers in an effort to quell several days of unrest in the South American nation – but the talks ended without any clear indication of whether they will continue.

The president and the National Strike Committee met Tuesday and discussed 13 protester demands.

Colombian Vice President Martha Lucía Ramírez says protesters want a separate dialogue with Duque while the government prefers what it calls a “national conversation” with all sectors of society.

She described it as a “constructive” meeting and said the government has invited them to return whenever they wish to become part of the national dialogue.

Union organizer Diógenes Orjuela says protesters see their talks as a separate undertaking.

Protests began in Colombia nearly a week ago.