Thousands of Students and Union Workers Protest in Colombia’s Main Cities

Thousands of union workers and students protested in Colombia’s main cities on Thursday night against the economic and social policies of conservative President Ivan Duque, despite restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of union workers and students protested in Colombia’s main cities on Thursday night against the economic and social policies of conservative President Ivan Duque, despite restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protesters marched peacefully in Medellin, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali and capital Bogota. Authorities said the demonstrators tried to respect requirements such as social distancing and the use of face masks.

“This is a fascist government that neither discusses nor negotiates, which means we need to maintain protests. The president is deaf, blind and mute in the face of other opinions,” president of the Central Union of Workers Diego Orejuela told local reporters during a march in the center of Bogota.

The union leader said that protesters’ demands include improving health coverage and education, establishing a basic income for the unemployed and those without pensions, as well as help for small businesses.

“As long as the government upholds its attitude of no dialogue or negotiation, protests will continue throughout the country,” Orejuela said, announcing new marches for December and January 2021.


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