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(en) capital.fora: 30 DAYS OF STRUGGLE IN THE COLOMBIAN REGION (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 7 Jun 2021 13:22:04 +0300


International: From Colombia the comrades once affiliated to FORA send us an update on the revolt in Colombia ---- It is a month since the National Strike in the Colombian region, a month of State terrorism marked by the sharpest repression that has been experienced in recent years, and that is saying a lot in a region dominated under the Colombian State in which Last year 76 massacres were carried out with a balance of 272 people murdered, according to official figures from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and where the under-registration of missing persons since the start of the strike is at 341 and since 1958 it has reached the worrying figure of 82,472 victims.

The National Strike has reached 30 days with more than 1133 victims of physical violence, more than 60 deaths, 10 of them yesterday in Cali, 1445 arbitrary arrests, 47 victims of eye damage or loss, 22 victims of sexual violence, more than 175 cases of firing of firearms by armed civilians accompanied by the national police.

All this within the framework of a struggle in the streets and highways, where the State at the head of President Iván Duque has established the usual script, pointing out the protesters as vandals, and of being under the orders of illegal armed groups. The treatment given to the social outbreak is to create the scene of a frontal war against the ethnic, neighborhood, student and union organizations that have remained in the streets and highways mobilizing against years of criminal policies of the governments of the day that have been under the hegemony of Alvaro Uribe Velez, former president investigated multiple times for crimes against humanity such as the so-called "False Positives", that is, 6402 extrajudicial executions of civilians killed by the military forces to present results and obtain benefits.

The protests that began with a call from the National Unemployment Committee , a platform that brings together the main workers 'centrals, pensioners' organizations, the main teachers 'union and some peasant and truckers' organizations; They have grown in actions in the street, thanks in large part to the young people who have seen direct action in the street as their main field of protest.

Although the union bureaucracy represented in the National Unemployment Committee is in spaces of conversation and mediation with the institutions of the State, the streets have maintained a level of belligerence and organization far from these old methods of conciliation of the bureaucracy. Resistance spaces have been organized in different parts of the Colombian region such as Cali, Bogotá, Buga, Popayán, Bucaramanga and anothers, where the methods of struggle go through horizontality, direct action and mutual support. It is important to highlight the relevance of the first lines as a method of containing police violence, where not only young people, but also teachers, mothers and even priests are organizing under this figure, which has accumulated a fairly important level of resistance and legitimacy at this juncture, even in some places like Cali, they are legitimate and recognized interlocutors with government authorities.

The situation today after 1 month is bittersweet, since there are still deaths and injuries by protesters in confrontations with the public force, in addition to impunity in the face of war practices such as attacks on verification commissions of Human Rights in the streets, as well as the medical missions that aid the wounded, also the methods of terror such as power cuts and internet, pressure from paramilitary groups, judicial assemblies to protesters and methods of censorship such as restrictions on the live broadcast of protests. On the other hand, the reasons for the so-called National Strike have spread; The withdrawal of the tax reform with which the protests began, also the withdrawal of the Health reform, can be counted as achievements of the mobilization,

These are small achievements because we know that the government pressured by big businessmen will always seek to carry out reforms to increase their interests while workers and their families continue to suffer from poverty of more than 40% of the population. The demands that are heard in the streets and highways now range from the request for the resignation of Ivan Duque and his entire cabinet, the demilitarization of the territories, structural reforms to the military and police forces, the non-judicialization of the people who have been captured in the framework of social protest, the effective implementation of the peace agreements signed between the FARC-EP and the Government, guarantees for social and environmental leaders in rural and urban territories, stop the spraying with glyphosate and fracking, among many others.

We know that we are living a historic moment as a result of years of State terrorism and criminal policies of precarious living conditions for millions in the countryside and cities. At this time we see the accumulated strikes of 2018 and 2019, and the social outburst of 2020. Far from ending the protest is at its highest points of repression and state crime. Unfortunately, the forms of organization are still widely dispersed and without a clear horizon, but anger and assembly methods are latent in a people that seeks to change its doomed history in search of a good life.

Finally, I would like to invite all those who are reading to closely follow the process that the Colombian region is going through, since the guarantees of protest and life in front of the repressive State do not exist, and an example of this is the denial of these systematic practices on the part of the Minister of Defense and the Commander of the Police. Only the popular organization and international observers can register a genocide that is being committed at this time. The dissemination and internationalist actions of pressure against the Duque government are essential for the process we are living through.

Here is a list of alternative media and human rights organizations that have been recording the demonstrations:

Communications Media:

http://-facebook.com/ccsubversion
http://-facebook.com/ColombiaInforma
http://-facebook.com/revista.hekatombe
http://-facebook.com/noticierobarrioadentro
http: // -facebook.com/contagioradio
http://-facebook.com/conlaorejaroja

Human Rights Organizations:
http://-facebook.com/tembloresong
http://-facebook.com/DerechosdelosPueblos
http://-facebook.com/indepaz
http://-facebook.com/ObjetivLibertad
http: // - facebook. com / fundacionddhhPASOS

Trade Union Organizations:
http://-facebook.com/larojaxlapaz
http://-facebook.com/TJERpensamientocritico
http://capital.fora.com.ar/30-dias-de-lucha-en-la-region-colombiana/
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