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Colombia faces a new strike with less force after nearly a month of struggle

This content was released on May 26, 2021 – 20:45

Bogota, May 26 (EFE) .- Colombia is enjoying its fifth day of national strike called by trade unions and social organizations, with attendance declining after nearly a month of struggles against government policies, poverty and police violence.

Hundreds of people marched back to Bogot பல்வேறு under the flags of various unions and Colombia, from the national park to the central plaza Bolivar, shouting “Long live the murderous government” or “Long live the national strike”, as well as banners calling for their resignation. Defense Minister Diego Molano was subjected to an audit resolution this week.

“It is very important to continue the peaceful social mobilization,” George Ivan Dees, vice-president of the Confederation of Public Workers (CGT), told EFI today that his aim was to put pressure on the government to continue and accept his talks. Specifications of requests.

The previous day, in the Valle del Gaga (southwest) department, the city of Toulouse had lived in a night of terror and chaos, in which the palace of justice was reduced to rubble, which was set on fire after a mob set fire to the building on a day of sieges and violent protests.

Attention decreases

Although the demonstrations continued with festivals, music and rallies, the visit clashed with tens of thousands of people who took to the streets on April 28, the first day of the national strike, calling for tax reform that is now inactive.

Since then, every day, protests have continued, increasing the epidemic and opposition to the policies and decisions of the Ivan Duke government to the social unrest that is developing due to an inequality.

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However, the use of excessive force by the police provoked protests from the first days, as reported by international organizations, which have already killed 43 people, with official figures confirming that 19 of them were related to the protests.

NGOs Temporus and the Peace Development Research Institute (Indepass) reported 60 killings in the framework of the protests, 43 of which were reported by civilians.

In addition, there are 46 people with eye injuries and 22 people who have been sexually assaulted, the organizations said.

A good portion of the declarations made over these three weeks have been against police violence and calling for the disarmament of the Mobile Riot Police Force (SMAT) and for police reform. Such as the Portal of the United States in Bogota or Silos in Galle.

This Wednesday, according to police data, there were 95 rallies, 39 rallies and 14 rallies across the country, which passed without incident.

Meanwhile, the government continues to make little progress in meetings with the National Unemployment Commission, which is made up mainly of trade unions such as the CGD.

On Monday they reached a “pre-agreement for guarantees to use the opposition,” which will allow them to begin negotiations on an urgent document they have provided to the government, including basic income and more free access to universities. .

Against Blocks and Violence

Another characteristic adopted by the demonstrations in various parts of the country was the regulation and maintenance of roadblocks at the exits of roads and cities, which were severely criticized by the government and traders, and made it more difficult than the circulation of basic goods such as sanitary equipment. …

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On Tuesday, thousands of white-clad people protested against the precise rejection of the siege in Galle, and their opposition to the riots and looting in some cities this month.

Nights of terror

The situation becomes tense if demonstrations take place quietly during the day and at night, especially in areas where there is “resistance”.

The officials condemn the opposition that the opponents of the police are using tear gas and stun guns and direct ammunition.

On Tuesday night, a fire started by unidentified individuals reduced the Toulouse courthouse to almost ruins, with fierce clashes with security forces reported, with four murders the day before yet to be resolved.

“Unfortunately, a group of people who do not love, without respect for the city and others, have destroyed the city, causing damage to traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights and signs,” said Toulouse Mayor John Zyro Gomez.

Police also said 18-year-old university student Camilo Andres Arango was shot dead.

In recent days, the community has condemned the distribution of leaflets threatening roadblocks as the Valle del Gaga Department and the roads connecting with the vacant have been under strong and long siege of protests.

“No regrets for violence”

The situation experienced in Bogota these weeks is different, where, according to Mayor Claudia Lopez, there is no need to regret the massive human rights abuses that took place when ten people were killed during demonstrations last September. Against the police brutality that led to the death of citizen Javier Ortiz.

Lopez today issued a statement to a representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Juliet de Rivero, in Colombia, regarding the violence in the protests last month, in which he describes investigations into the deaths of two young people involved in the protests.

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However, he stressed that the fact that nearly 400 policemen and about 361 civilians were injured does not mean that those responsible for the eye and face injuries to 33 young people in the city will not be denied or punished. EFE

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