Discontent over inequality, education, Duque’s slow implementation of the 2016 peace deal has been simmering for months….now PROTESTS ARE THE ANSWER IN COLOMBIA


Colombia protests: What prompted them and where are they headed?

Discontent over inequality, education, Duque’s slow implementation of the 2016 peace deal has been simmering for months.by Steven Grattan

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Bogota, Colombia – For nearly a week, thousands of Colombians have taken to the streets across the country in some of the largest anti-government protests the country has seen in decades.

What started as a plan for labour unions to strike has since ballooned into more widespread actions by indigenous groups, pensioners and students, among others, against the right-wing government of President Ivan Duque.

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Aside from the marches, curfews, tear gas and looting has taken place throughout Colombia‘s cities since the protests began last Thursday.

Many want Duque, who has been in office for 15 months, to step down or make radical changes to address his government’s weak implementation of the 2016 peace deal and issues related to economic reforms and corruption.

Duque has now promised to hold a “national dialogue“, but protesters remain sceptical and have planned more rallies.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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