PARO COLOMBIA | COLOMBIA STRIKES Social movements and indigenous struggles
Colombia entered into a general strike on 28 April responding to a tax reform presented by the government to Congress to raise revenue amid the Covid pandemic and economic hardship.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the capital Bogotá in addition to demonstrations in other major cities and smaller towns.
Indigenous groups have also joined in the protests. They are among those hardest hit by the continuing violence in rural areas, and the pandemic, where dissident members of the FARC rebel group, drug dealers (former factions of paramilitary units), and criminal organizations fight the security forces as well as rival armed groups to secure territories left by the rebels and never claimed by the state. Indigenous leaders are among those killed since the beginning of the protests (Indepaz).
Laura Quintana. Director Department of Philosophy, Department of Social Sciences. Associate Professor. Universidad de los Andes. (Her work focuses on the formation of political subjects in Colombia from the perspective of social sciences and the humanities).
María Fernanda Fitzgerald Galindo. Journalist and producer at 070 / Cerosetenta (an independent journalist outlet working within social movements especially youth in Colombia).
Didier Chirimuscay and Piapya Fernández. Indigenous leaders. Movimiento de Autoridades Indígenas del Sur Occidente-AISO.