Photo credits: Congreso de los Pueblos
On 30th May millions of Colombians took to the streets in protest against the country’s huge social inequalities and to demand a say in the peace negotiations. The people are asking for a ‘different kind of peace’; a peace with social and environmental justice at its heart. There is a call for the government to give a voice to the social justice movement, instead of just focusing on talking to the two armed insurgency groups (the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional).
Under the banner of ‘The Agrarian, Ethnic, Rural and Popular Minga’, people from a wide range of backgrounds have started a general strike and set up hundreds of road blockades across the country. According to Colombia reports, three protesters have already been killed. The Colombian government has recently announced they are sending ministers to negotiate with indigenous and rural communities in an attempt to stop the strike from continuing further.
Blandine Juchs is currently in Colombia working as part of the collective Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie. CKUT’s Rose Woolhouse helped produce this report, in which Blandine explains more about the current situation, how the police are reacting and what the people in Colombia are demanding. As Blandine says, there is a huge agenda for a huge movement.
For more information about the PASC collective visit: http://www.pasc.ca/en
For up-to-date information about the situation in Colombia, you can also visit: http://colombiareports.com/ and http://colombiapeace.org/