Clashes with Police in Support of General Strike in Bogota

Published April 26, 2019

Militants clashed with police in Bogota in defense of the national general strike in Colombia. The general strike was called by by unions, peasant farmers and indigenous organisations, protesting against state policies, demanding implementation of the peace agreement with FARC, and an end to the murder of activists.

In the early morning of April 2, 2019, Colombian police violently attacked Indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant protestors near the Pan-American Highway in Cauca—mere hours before they were set to meet with the Minister of the Interior for negotiations. According to a press release from the Consejo Regional Indígena Regional de Cauca (Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca, CRIC), at least one protestor was shot dead and several more were gravely injured. The protestors, participants of the Minga Nacional (national minga- a Quechua word meaning “collective work”), had been blockading the highway for over three weeks, demanding that President Iván Duque meet with the council to discuss their concerns.

In response to the murders by agents of the far-right wing regime of Duque, militants have taken to the streets to fight back against the state’s brutality.

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