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Colombia Protesters Are Being Met With State Violence — Sign This Petition Calling for Peaceful Talks

Brit Hanson

Beginning on August 19th, small farmers, miners & indigenous people from all over Colombia took to the streets, town squares, & highways to demand that current crisis of dispossession of lands & territories, the lack of quality health care & education, agrarian policies & trade agreements continue to impoverish the Colombian people, & an infrastructure that favors foreign companies over local residents be addressed.

They were soon joined by coffee growers, fisherfolk, students, teachers, academics, health care workers, truckers, and labor unions, among others, & have organized in several major areas of the country. It is estimated that there are over 200,000 people currently camped out away from their homes & participating in the strikes.

The response to the strikes by public forces, particularly ESMAD - the riot police—have been excessive, to the extent that the Director of Nat'l Police, General Rodolfo Palomino, has promised an internal inquiry.

Only 35 more signatures needed.

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  • Brit Hanson

    Yesterday was a bloody day in Colombia. ESMAD, the riot police, continue to use extreme and unnecessary force against the public.

    Only 11 more signatures are needed.