Saturday, September 14, 2013

Colombia: national farmer strike continues

More than 2500 farmer and indigenous delegates rejected the proposal by President Santos, dubbing it of "more of the same" and clearly not enough. 

The popular mobilizations were expected to continue yesterday in Colombian cities as the government is obviously unwilling to meet the demands by the People of guaranteeing land rights to indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups and to make a proper land reform that dismantles the large properties and guarantees that the land belongs in essence to the farmers (workers).  The suppression of the FTA with North America is also among their demands, because it forces them to import food, what is plainly absurd when you can produce it.

In parallel there is a teacher strike whose participants are again not satisfied by the agreement reached between the Government and FECODE (a union).

Source: WG[es].

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