July 5, 2020

Indigenous and Colombian unions begin another strike against the Government of Duque

Workers' centrals, university and indigenous students from various departments of Colombia began on Wednesday the third day of "national strike" against the Government of President Iván Duque to reject their economic and social policies.

From early hours dozens of protesters gathered in various parts of the Colombian capital with flags of the country and banners to continue the protests that began on November 21.

"The pension, fundamental right, no business. No more individual saving regime, nor their dirt. No more scams," read one of the posters that the protesters carried along the way.

Since that day, thousands of citizens of the main cities of Colombia have taken to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the Government and its policies, which has ended in outbreaks of violence and the death of a person in Bogotá, although the authorities They investigate three other cases that occurred in Valle del Cauca.


With messages such as "Colombia woke up", "Resist" and Whipalas flags, indigenous people from the departments of Cauca, Huila, Nariño and Risaralda started a walk to the central Plaza de Bolívar from the National University.

At that point, the Indigenous Guard, made up of adults who lead that community, led the protest holding the "chonta", a baton that gives them their authority, after arriving in Bogotá after hours of travel from their places of origin.

"Today the dignity of the Colombian people is mobilized, today the indigenous peoples of Colombia are mobilized in defense of life, La Paz, the territories and against Duque's 'packet'," the Senior Councilor of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), Luis Kankui.

The demonstration was joined by students from that public university who demand greater investment for the sector and who support the request of indigenous communities so that they do not continue to be killed, since they have become the military target of illegal armed groups in the troubled region of the Cauca (southwest).

Similarly, in the populous town of Suba, protesters gathered to walk to the city center in a peaceful manner, a scenario that was repeated in the National Park, where the workers' centrals began their walk accompanied by the Police.


The director of the Colombian Police, General Oscar Atehortúa, told reporters that the leading institution has "all its capabilities" to accompany the demonstrations and "guarantee a peaceful public demonstration day.

"Our mission today is to guarantee security and tranquility, not only for those who want to demonstrate, to advance protests, marches and displacements, but for those who do not share this purpose and want to continue their daily activities," he said.

The high official explained that for this new day of unemployment 134 concentrations and 184 marches have been convened throughout the country, some of them with blockages of main roads, although he stressed that in Bogotá "there is a complete normality in mass transport."

As an example, Atehortúa said in a first assessment that seven road blockages have occurred throughout the country, including those that connect Ipiales with Cali, Cali with Yumbo, Cúcuta with Tibú, Tadó with Pereira and Quibdó with Medellín, between others.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Nancy Patricia Gutierrez said that the authorities will continue to "accompany" the demonstrations and that from the government they spoke with local mayors to recommend having "coordination with the public force to guarantee public order."

"What is the call of the Government? Again to reject the violent ones, not to allow the protests that lead to the disorder and the alteration of the public order, and to ask the Police to continue accompanying the mayors in order to guarantee tranquility of people who are not involved in the protest and who want to maintain normalcy, he concluded.

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