September 25, 2022

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The government condemns the siege and imposes a dialogue on the unemployment committee to end the protests

They did not sign the agreements before leading to the negotiating table to end the rallies, which meet for a month this Friday

Madrid, 28 May. (Europa Press) –

The Colombian government on Thursday called on the National Committee for Unemployment (CNP) to condemn the blockades being distributed across the country to move forward in the dialogue to end the protests, with contracts slowing down again by not signing on the day before the country celebrates anti-government rallies this Friday.

After a new meeting between the two parties, Emilio Archila, the presidential adviser on confirmation and the new chairman of the government’s negotiating team, pointed out that despite differences in content, the agreements were “actively” working on the document.

Archila emphasized that the meeting had called for the condemnation of blockades on various roads in the country to be included in the structure of the protests, adding that the Colombian media outlet El Spectador reported that “among other things, movement, work, food, health, economic, social and cultural development”.

“Overall, the siege is affecting millions of Colombians. It is important for the national government to guarantee the rights of other Colombians,” he added.

In this context, at a meeting on May 17, Ivan Duke’s executive negotiating team pointed out that the value of the strike should be demanded by the organizers to remove the blockades in the contract.

Archbishop lamented that some members of the CNP had reiterated their position of promoting humanitarian corridors “exclusively” without condemning the siege, which prevented further action on the agreements because the government “did not negotiate this point.”

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On behalf of the committee, one of its representatives, former Congressman Allerio Eurip, called for clarification on these issues, but said the Duke’s committee was not clear on its objections to the agreements.

“It did not say what (objections) it was or provided any document,” he said, noting that the government was delaying the dialogue so that the emergency document could not start negotiations.

In this sense, Eurip points out that the executive “wants to reopen the negotiations on guarantees, but not resolve the crisis in a democratic way and through dialogue.”

For his part, Francisco Maltese, head of the Central Unitaria de Trajectory (CUT), one of the organizations that make up the CNP, has denounced the response to the signing of the preliminary agreements reached on Monday. Resistance training.

“What we see is a belated act of compliance and signing of what has been agreed upon, so we do not understand the problem with this belated approach, and the person responsible for the strike is certainly the government of President Ivan Duke,” the Maldives said in a statement.

With the condition to condemn the siege, Karakal Radio reported that the government had summoned the unemployment committee for a new appointment next Sunday, May 30.

Defenders for a month

This Friday Colombia celebrates a month-long protest that began on April 28, rejecting a controversial tax reform promoted by the government in Congress that was withdrawn on May 2 under pressure from mobilizations.

However, mobilizations continue to demand other measures, including the withdrawal of the health care reform program, the militarization of rural and urban areas, compliance with the peace treaty and the elimination of criminal organizations.

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Negotiations continue unabated, while new demonstrations have been called for this Friday, which are expected to draw large numbers of citizens from various cities in the country, such as Bogota or Galle, and the international community has condemned the move. Police.

The Ministry of Defense said 45 civilians had died due to unemployment this month, although 17 were linked to the protests and 9 were under verification, while 19 were not linked to the national strike.

1,065 civilians were wounded in the fighting and two agents of the General Forces were killed, one in Socha and one in Galle, 1,102 soldiers wounded.

The Ombudsman’s Office, for its part, has a record of 236 complaints of human rights abuses, with 174 referred to as the National Police Responsible Agent.

It also refers to 106 acts of sexual violence, including 23 counts of sexual violence and two counts of rape. In the framework of the strike, 261 people have been found and the emergency search mechanism for 134 people is active.