"They said to take out red rags if people needed help. Today the red rag seems to be the new flag in the most humble neighborhoods. Hunger is not quarantined," said cartoonist Alex Ro, as reported by local outlet Las2Orillas.
The red rags placement started in some Spanish cities to notify that the inhabitants of a house had some kind of urgent need.
This idea reached Colombia, a South American country where the first reports of red-rag users happened in Soacha city, in the department of Cundinamarca.
Promoted by the mayor of this municipality in late March, this signal was initially aimed at warning that a vulnerable family had an urgent and unmet need.
"Red rags are seen in cities like Bogota, Barranquilla, and Medellin. People have waited patiently for government aid... However, the despair is so great that protests throughout the country occurred this Wednesday," local outlet MC explained and reported that banners say, "We are not going to die of coronavirus but starvation."
Con trapos rojos la gente en Bosa -Porvenir canta el himno de Colombia para pedir ayudas. No tienen como pasar la cuarentena. pic.twitter.com/gk2Whgj00k