Nationwide Strikes and Protests

Feb 18, 2020

Nationwide strikes and protests are scheduled to take place in Colombia beginning on 20 February 2020. The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) has called for a national strike to be held on 20-21 February to denounce state-sponsored violence and the persecution of teachers. Meanwhile, members of the Colombian National Strike Committee (CNP) are expected to stage a new round of anti-government protests beginning on 21 February. The CNP previously staged anti-government protests in November 2019, and briefly suspended them while committee leaders and government officials sought a mutual agreement. The CNP has demanded that the Colombian government fulfill its demands, including the immediate dissolution of the Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron (ESMAD) that is blamed for killing dozens of protesters over the last two decades. The upcoming protests will likely cause disruptions to transportation and other public services. Additionally, as evinced in the past, such actions can turn violent and collaterally affect individuals in the areas where demonstrations are occurring.

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