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Colombian National Strike Makes Duque To Engage In Dialogue

  • Police repress a protester in Bogota, Colombia, May 2021.

    Police repress a protester in Bogota, Colombia, May 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @AndyVermaut

Published 20 May 2021
Opinion

The Strike Committee will keep putting pressure on the government to demilitarize cities and stop massacring peaceful demonstrators.

After 23 consecutive days of protests against Colombia's President Ivan Duque, the National Strike Committee (NSC) on Thursday announced that it will hold new talks with the government in Bogota.

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The Federation of Educators (FECODE), the Colombian Workers' Union (CUT), and the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) are some of the movements that will attend the meeting on behalf of the demonstrators.

"We will insist on the government to demilitarize our cities and stop the massacre of peaceful demonstrators. We will also demand an end to Duque's neoliberal measures," they stated.

Authorities have not yet set a date and time for the new meeting, which will also be attended by the High Commissioner for Peace Miguel Ceballos, a group of ministers, and representatives of the Catholic Church and the United Nations.

Protest leaders and the government met on Sunday and Monday without reaching agreements. "Duque does not respond to the CNP demands, nor is he willing to guarantee peaceful protest," CUT President Francisco Maltes said.

During Monday's meeting, Duque increased military and police deployment to disperse protesters from the country's main highways, even though ending police brutality was one of the Committee's main demands.

Colombian citizens also demand decent jobs, educational reforms, greater social protection, and non-discrimination policies.

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