People take part in a protest against President Ivan Duque’s government in Bogota [Raul Arboleda/AFP]

Bogota, Colombia – Protesters in Bogota have expressed scepticism over President Ivan Duque‘s call for “national dialogue” to quell the demonstrations that have rocked Colombia since last week.

“They’re not going to negotiate with us,” said Hector Paez, a 60-year-old university professor who was among hundreds gathered in the city centre of Plaza Bolivar on Sunday evening.

“If they wanted to negotiate with us, they would be here showing their faces,” Paez told Al Jazeera. “But they aren’t showing their faces. They don’t want a dialogue, instead, they send the police to repress us.”

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Duque made the announcement late on Sunday after meeting newly elected mayors and

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