On 16 May 2021, demonstrators in Colombia continued to protest economic inequality and several other grievances in multiple cities. In the small industrial city of Yumbo – located approximately 10 km (5 mi) north of central Cali — police officers and other security personnel deployed tear gas to disperse protesters who had erected barricades near the mayor’s house. At least four people were injured during the unrest. Earlier in the day, thousands of people gathered around the Monument to Heroes memorial in the capital Bogotá. Local media reports suggest that although the protests were largely peaceful, the large number of demonstrators overwhelmed the city’s mass transit system, which subsequently shut down for the day. Protests were also reported in the town of La Plata, located in the Huila department. President Iván Duque is currently in negotiations with the National Strike Committee in an attempt to end the nationwide protests