CNP continues to protest as dialogue with Colombian government makes no progress – MercoPress


CNP continues to protest as dialogue with Colombian government makes no progress

Monday, June 7, 2021 – 09:06 UTC

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CNP says Colombian government was against responding to various demands and preferred to cancel them by force

The Colombian National Strike Committee (CNP) decided on Sunday to continue by organizing marches and demonstrations, because dialogue with the administration of President Iván Duque was getting nowhere.

Mobilizations are planned for Monday bringing together unions and student organizations, the national government having failed to sign a pre-agreement guaranteeing fundamental freedoms of expression and protest due to which the CNP withdrew from all negotiations and announced in a statement that the federal administration was not interested. to reach a solution.

After eight days of talks, the government said it would bring the issue to interdepartmental consultation and returned empty-handed to the negotiating table. The National Committee of the CNP is still waiting for the government to accept the prior agreement of May 24 and repeal Decree 575 which authorizes military assistance for the management of social protest, the statement said and added that the Duque administration is delaying the document. urgently because it would involve dealing with demands that involve social obligations for the benefit of millions of Colombians, which the authorities do not want to respond to.

The CNP insisted that the government was more interested in using force than responding to the various demands of young people, indigenous communities, truckers and the CNP itself, despite 77 murders, 1,246 people injured, 2 808 arrested and 106 women victims of sexual violence. and dozens of young people with eye injuries, according to NGOs closely monitoring the Colombian crisis.

On April 28, a nationwide strike began against a tax reform, promoted by the Duque government, which increased taxes on goods and services and created new taxes. The protests that day continued and led to a social epidemic, considered the largest, strongest and most sustained over time in the past 70 years.

“This attitude of the government leads us to suspend negotiations and to assess the continuity of the talks with the government. As part of this process, we will deliver to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, the May 24 preliminary agreement on minimums to ensure the exercise of peaceful social protest, ”the CNP statement said.

The government insisted that before further talks, all roadblocks must be lifted as a condition of dialogue.


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