The biggest social explosion in Colombia’s recent history comes on May 28, which will affect the majority a month after the start of the national strike against tax reform.
So far the government and the National Unemployment Commission have not reached an agreement to end the crisis, police violence adds more victims, mobilizations continue, and young people are becoming heroes.
The historic strike, as already described by the general public in the country, to the list of demands of the growing population, to the extent that social opposition will continue and the departments recognize their problems.
But the essence of these demonstrations, which are taking place in all corners of the country, is, according to various studies, a deep structural problem based on policies that widen the gap between those who are richer and those who produce it.
In this scene of mobilization the youth stand alone, a youth born and raised amid internal conflicts involving the government, rebel forces, drug trafficking groups and paramilitaries.
Many rights are being taken away and young people are demanding education and employment programs, zero education for access to public universities and other demands such as changes in government and the implementation of the peace treaty.
Colombia has about 11 million young people, about 22 percent of the population, and the lowest employment rate (34.9 percent) occurred between May and July 2020, according to the National Statistics Office. Percent) for this sector 2001.
On that basis, a study by Universidad del Rosario found that 84 percent of Colombians are in favor of a national strike, especially among young people.
‘Now in Colombia, being young and being on the street puts your life at risk. We can all die here, but how can one leave their people? How can we not march to oppose tomorrow, May 5th? ‘
Lucas Villa revealed this before heading out to rally on the streets of Pereira. In a short time, he died of eight bullet wounds.
As the protagonists of the strike, they have been the target of police violence, and more than 40 people have been killed, hundreds injured, missing, dozens of people who have lost an eye and young people have been abused at the hands of police, according to data provided by organizations such as Templars ONG.
Today the streets will be filled again, the sounds of trumpets, trumpets or accordions will be heard, and the cheers for the strike will be blowing in the city buildings or in the fields echoing the slogans, ‘Not one, we want you alive, Dismount the Esmot’.
The sounds of these mobilizations can be torn apart by gunfire from police like Venom or ‘non-death’, the sound of motorcycles or tanks, stun grenades and the cries of pain of those under police custody. .
‘Lessons a month politely for young Colombians. A month after a public awareness. A month of demanding rights’, Human Rights Defender and journalist Holman Morris described the 30 days.
For his part, Sergio Maran, Representative of the Chamber of Congress (Bicameral), said, ‘This strike is enough for a government that refuses to listen to the demands of all popular sectors for health, education, employment and decent living. ‘.