BOGOTA, Colombia — Protesters stuffed a historical square in Colombia’s capital Wednesday to demonstrate against the government’s handling of a large array of problems including the financial fallout of this pandemic and implementation of the peace accord.
Native leaders, students and union members assembled in the Plaza Bolivar waving flags and banners decrying the authorities almost 1 year following massive protests rocked the nation just to fizzle with little to show using reform.
The COVID-19 pandemic had mostly put a block to demonstrations this year, but organizers were expecting to renew momentum following the government raised six months of rigorous quarantine measures aimed at containing the virus.
Colombia is on track to reach 1 million supported virus instances this week also is among the hardest-hit countries in Latin America. Millions of jobs are dropped and unemployment reached almost 17 percent in August. Although President Iván Duque’s approval rating has improved throughout the outbreak, the nation remains split on a plethora of issues.
“It is very hard for President Duque to split a path forwards without breaking society,” stated Sergio Guzman, manager of Colombia Risk Analysis.
The demonstration Wednesday follows a demonstration earlier in the week by tens of thousands of Indigenous men and women who journeyed into the funds in brightly colored bicycles and pickup trucks demanding to meet with Duque on problems such as mining concessions and escalating violence amid setbacks from the execution of their 2016 peace accord.
Duque and his allies are critical of their arrangement, which they assert offer a lot of concessions to ex-guerrillas, that are mainly able to prevent any prison time.
Critics assert his administration has stymied the deal’s progress, leading to a renewal of violence in regions still ripe with drug trafficking.
Indigenous protesters engaged in the collecting Wednesday, joining a chorus of requests and complaints that Duque setup discussions. Thus far, he’s refused to fulfill, angering organizers, even however he’s sent intermediaries.
Gómez said Duque had to resign from”a base of arrogance.” He added that protesters need better answers for people who have lost jobs and also share proposals just like a universal basic income that will assist the vulnerable.
Though tens of thousands of people had gathered in the Plaza Bolivar by early day, the protests did not seem to be as big as a year ago, when enormous numbers stuffed city blocks. Although Chile has witnessed recent protests, other Latin American countries that watched unrest last year haven’t, implying the pandemic has hampered demonstrations.
“I believe Colombia is alone in the area.”