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Municipality and town
Country  Colombia
Department Antioquia Department
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Flag of Tarazá
Location of the municipality of Taraza in Antioquia Department.
Location of the municipality of Taraza in Antioquia Department.
Coordinates: 7°35′17″N 75°24′10″W / 7.58806°N 75.40278°W / 7.58806; -75.40278
Country Colombia
Subregion Bajo Cauca
Founded 1953
Split from Cáceres 1979
 • Total 1,569 km2 (606 sq mi)
Elevation 125 m (410 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 29,406
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (UTC-5)
Website taraza-antioquia.gov.co

Taraza is a town and municipality in the Bajo Cauca subregion of Antioquia Department, Colombia. It lies 222 kilometres (138 mi) from the city of Medellín, the departmental capital, and has a land area of 1,569 square kilometres (606 sq mi). The municipality was separated from the municipality of Cáceres in 1979.

In April 2008, 24 people were arrested, 40 were injured and at least one was killed in farmers' protests, instigated by FARC, against the eradication of the coca crop in the local area. In the aftermath of this, the municipality declared a humanitarian crisis.[1][2]

Coordinates: 7°35′N 75°24′W / 7.583°N 75.400°W / 7.583; -75.400