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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Resistance is growing in Colombia

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost three weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured writes Patrick Kane of War on Want. The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.