National Strike in Colombia Also a Fight for Fair Access to Health Care

Ana Vračar Colombian healthcare workers have supported the strike actively. Photo: Colombia Informa Regressive health and tax reforms have sparked protests in Colombia, building upon decades of undermining the public health system and reducing access to the poor and working class. Since April 28, formal and informal workers, students, and unemployed youth have been at…

Colombia’s Movements to Deepen Struggle with National Popular Assembly

Kawsachun News Social movements participate in the National Popular Assembly in Bogotá. Colombia’s social movements are determined to further and refine the character of the current uprising and are taking initial steps at a National Popular Assembly being held in Bogotá. The Assembly, now on its third day, has the participation of indigenous, Afro-descendant and…

Canada Still Supports Colombia’s Repressive Right-Wing Government

Yves Engler Image: Colombia Informa Last week right-wing Colombian President Ivan Duque deployed the military to Cali. The city of 2.3 million has been the epicenter of a month-long nationwide protest that forced the government to withdraw a regressive tax proposal that unleashed a general strike. During the past month security forces have killed at…

Colombia: The Regime of Terror in Cali

Luis Alfonso Mena S. In a failed attempt to crush the National Strike and the youth resistance, Ivan Duque established a regime of terror in Cali and on Friday, June 4, 2021, unleashed a campaign of horror in the north of the city, which left more dead, wounded, disappeared and detained. According to the Union…

Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger

Vijay Prashad, Zoe Alexandra Rodrigo Granda of the Comunes party has been fighting for peace and social change in Colombia since the 1970s. Since the end of April, Colombia’s streets have smelled of tear gas. The government of Colombian President Iván Duque imposed policies that put the costs of the pandemic on the working class…

Repression and Sexual Violence Against Women in Colombia

María Fernanda Barreto Colombian women have been protagonists of the National Strike (Photo: Esteban Vega / Semana) The Brutal Repression against the National Strike The figures of human rights violations in Colombia in the context of the repression of the National Strike that began on April 28th are evidence of State terrorism in Colombia. The…

The “Mothers of the Front Line”: Guardians of the Colombian Resistance

Gerardo Szalkowicz Until a few weeks ago, they were typical all-terrain women who spent their days solving household chores, wandering between precarious jobs, raising their children alone, juggling to achieve the feat of not going hungry. Anonymous women. Mothers, young, heads of households, poor. Struggling mothers. Of the hundreds like them that live in the…

National Strike in Colombia: A Labyrinth for Uribism

María Fernanda Barreto Operation Orion Victims marched in 2012 to demand justice for their family members. | Photo: EFE “We woke up in the night of terror amidst the bullets and the helicopter…”: so begins one of the many terrible stories of the people who lived in the Comuna 13 of Medellin on October 16,…