Thousands of people march in Colombia on a new day of unemployment against the Government

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BOGOTA (Sputnik) – Thousands of people march in different cities of Colombia in a new day of work stoppage called by the workers' centrals, students and sectors of the opposition against the "neoliberal" policies of the administration of Ivan Duque.

"Today is the cessation of economic activities. It is a general strike to lead Duque to negotiate the improvement of the rights to education, pension, health, job security and peace," the senator of Twitter wrote on his Twitter account left and former presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, one of the main summoners to the march.

"We continue in the streets because education is defended, lived and built from schools. We mobilize in the national strike and we will not give up," the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) wrote on that social network .

Protests against the Government began on November 21, some of which have ended in riots, clashes between hooded men and the Police, and the death of a protester who expressed himself in a peaceful manner and was struck by an impact ammunition fired by a riot squad officer (Esmad).

The Paro Committee – integrated by trade unions, indigenous students, among others – calls for government proposals such as reducing the minimum wage for young workers, modifying the pension system and for the murders of social leaders.

The members of this Committee met on December 3 with representatives of the Government to find a way out of the protests that are already completed 14 days, but both parties did not reach any agreement and plan to meet on the afternoon of December 5 to continue negotiations, which for now are in exploratory phase.

Given this planned dialogue, the Government asked the Committee to dismantle the strike on December 4, but the organizers of the march opposed.

"No agreements have been reached because we have disagreements with the Government on the nature of the Negotiating Table with the National Stop Committee. The negotiation will take place in the middle of the mobilizations, therefore tomorrow will be the December 4 strike." , wrote on Twitter on December 3, Diogenes Orjuela, president of the Unitary Central of Workers (CUT), one of the organizations that leads the demonstrations.

The mobilizations in Bogota began on December 4 at 07.00 local time (12.00 GMT) in the north, south and west, from where they march to the central Plaza de Bolivar, which already generates road closures and high traffic congestion, as well as well as effects for users of the Transmilenio mass transit system.

Also participating in the march of Bogota are members of the Indigenous Guard, who arrived on December 2 from the department of Cauca (southwest) to join the strike.

Earlier, the mayor of Bogota, Enrique Penalosa, declared that the city operates normally.

"Happily, the city is operating normally. There is a full democracy here. The dealers and those who travel for their jobs or studies live together. We hope that the course of the day will be the same," he wrote on social networks.

In other cities of the country, such as Medellin (northwest), Cali (southwest) and Barranquilla (north) there are also mobilizations and road closures at this time, without local media or social networks reporting clashes or events serious.

According to the Government, the mobilizations have generated losses of 1.4 trillion pesos (412 million dollars) for the national economy, while more than 177 civilians have been injured along with more than 340 agents of the Public Force.



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