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Strike in Colombia Gains Momentum

Categories: Latin America, Colombia, Development, Governance, Protest

Colombia's national strike, which began with an agrarian strike on August 19 [1], is “gaining momentum with shows of support from the citizenry”, as Steven Cohen writes in Colombia Reports [2]:

More than 10,000 people participated in “cacerolazos” — protests in which participants bang on kitchen pots and pans — held throughout Colombia’s major urban centers Monday night in support of the agricultural strike, as new labor and social groups announced they will be joining Colombia’s striking farmers, miners, health workers and truckers in protest activities.


In Colombia, a growing chorus of citizens and protesters are calling for the national government to do something to address the pressing concerns of striking workers, and end the potentially catastrophic economic paralysis that is beginning to take effect in various parts of the country.