City demonstrations planned for Thursday 29 August

Colombia Reports write:

“CUT General Secretary Tarsicio Rivera told Colombia Reports that demonstrations are scheduled to take place Thursday in each of the 32 departmental capitals, including Bogota, and all other large urban centers in Colombia.

The event seeks to highlight the national platforms of labor groups, such as health workers, truckers and teachers, whose movements have been somewhat eclipsed by the public clamor over the agricultural strikes, but the marches will also give sectors recently entering the protest fray an opportunity to spread their messages.

Entering large-scale protest activities for the first time since the start of the recent wave of civil unrest are the national oil (USO), student (MANE) and banking (UNEB) unions.”

Read the full report here ‘Colombia’s largest union calls for protests in support of strikes.’

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Strikes set to spread as Santos arrives 6hrs late for negotiations and Quintana shows support

English language Colombian dailies Colombia Politics and Colombia Reports today continue to highlight the groundswell of support for the strike and protest movement, with teachers set to join in on 10th September and oil workers showing support. Even the famous cyclist Quintana has come out in support of the strikers.

‘The Week Santos Lost Colombia’ report by Colombia Politics.

‘Colombia govt delegation arrives 6 hrs late at meeting with farmers, strikes expand to oil sectors’ from Colombia Reports; and

‘Colombia cyclist Nairo Quintana publicly supports anti government protests‘.

Grassroots news and reports will be put up as soon as we can locate them, but for ongoing updates on the ground, you can go to this Facebook page. It is in Spanish but ‘bling’ provides translations of each message.

Social protest grows across Colombia as trade union leader arrested

Two reports early today highlight that the strikes and protests currently gripping the country, far from abating are, in fact, growing and spreading.

Other news of concern is the arrest of a trade union leader who is due to speak at the Trade Union Congress in the UK.

The first report is from Colombia Reports, headlined: ‘Social unrest in Colombia spreads as govt fails to reach out to strikers’

“As President Juan Manuel Santos’ government tries to calm the situation through localized negotiations, Colombia’s national strike movement is gaining momentum with shows of support from the citizenry and the addition of new groups to strike efforts.” Read More.

The second report is from The City Paper, headlined: ‘Strike: Boyaca‘s predicament’

“The normally tranquil roads winding through the mountainous department of Boyaca have become the eipcenter of Colombia’s agrarian strike over the last week as protestors block major highways and dump truckloads of tomatoes and milk onto the streets. Farmers protesting Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement with the United States and the price of fertilizer, among other economic issues, have succeeded in preventing the transport of agricultural products to the nation’s capital and in bringing Boyaca to a standstill.” Read More.

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The normally tranquil roads winding through the mountainous department of Boyacá have become the epicenter of Colombia’s agrarian strike over the last week as protestors block major highways and dump truckloads of tomatoes and milk onto the streets.  Farmers protesting Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement with the United States and the price of fertilizer, among other economic issues, have succeeding in preventing the transport of agricultural products to the nation’s capital and in bringing Boyacá to a standstill. – See more at: http://thecitypaperbogota.com/news/strike-boyacas-predicament/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thecitypaperbogota+%28The+City+Paper+Bogot%C3%A1%29#sthash.XdTCnAgG.dpuf
The normally tranquil roads winding through the mountainous department of Boyacá have become the epicenter of Colombia’s agrarian strike over the last week as protestors block major highways and dump truckloads of tomatoes and milk onto the streets.  Farmers protesting Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement with the United States and the price of fertilizer, among other economic issues, have succeeding in preventing the transport of agricultural products to the nation’s capital and in bringing Boyacá to a standstill. – See more at: http://thecitypaperbogota.com/news/strike-boyacas-predicament/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thecitypaperbogota+%28The+City+Paper+Bogot%C3%A1%29#sthash.XdTCnAgG.dpuf
The normally tranquil roads winding through the mountainous department of Boyacá have become the epicenter of Colombia’s agrarian strike over the last week as protestors block major highways and dump truckloads of tomatoes and milk onto the streets.  Farmers protesting Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement with the United States and the price of fertilizer, among other economic issues, have succeeding in preventing the transport of agricultural products to the nation’s capital and in bringing Boyacá to a standstill. – See more at: http://thecitypaperbogota.com/news/strike-boyacas-predicament/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thecitypaperbogota+%28The+City+Paper+Bogot%C3%A1%29#sthash.XdTCnAgG.dpuf

The third is from Justice for Colombia, regarding the arrest of the trade union leader Huber Ballasteros:

“The CUT, Colombia’s largest trade union confederation has called for the release of Huber Ballesteros, one of the country’s most high-profile union and opposition leaders.

“Ballesteros was arrested on Sunday 25th August in Bogota. The arrest comes in the midst of mass industrial action taking place around the country in the agricultural, health, transport and energy sectors. Ballesteros is one of the leaders of the strikes and one of the 10 person committee set up for any eventual negotiations with the Government.

“He was due to address the TUC Conference on Wednesday 11th September as well as JFC Fringe meeting at lunchtime on the Tuesday 10th, as the official guest of the TUC. He also had several meetings with MPs in Westminster.” Read More