Strike committee suspends protest dialogue with Colombian government


(Update 1: add CNP statement, rewrite second half, change title)

Bogotá, June 6 (EFE) .- The Colombian National Strike Committee (CNP), composed mainly of unions, has decided to “unilaterally suspend” negotiations on the country’s social crisis, the government announced on Sunday.

“Today, the committee decided to unilaterally suspend the dialogue at the dialogue table. We, the government, are ready, ”said government spokesman and presidential stabilization and consolidation adviser Emilio Archila.

Talks between the government and the committee continued without progress, the first calling for the lifting of roadblocks and the second accusing the government of not wanting to sign peaceful protest guarantees, limiting the use of force by the police.

In a statement, Archila on Sunday accused the CNP of having “left the country for lack of solutions and without having condemned the blockages”, while he was prepared to “reach a text of guarantees and, above all, to plead for the issues ”presented by the committee with demands such as a basic income and guarantees to be demonstrated.

“Since the committee (…) does not represent the entire protesting population, we will maintain all the other spaces with all the other representatives, the dialogue with young people and in the regions will be strengthened and, despite what they have done today, [we are] just as open to exploration [again] with the CNP ”, assured the government.

A “sample” of the desire for dialogue, according to Archila, is President Iván Duque’s announcement on Sunday morning to carry out a “substantial” reform of the police to adapt it to the international framework, after complaints of excessive use of strength. to contain the demonstrations that have shaken the country since April 28.

The CNP said in a statement that it had suspended talks because the government “is not interested and has voluntarily delayed negotiating the emergency document.”

She recalled that in 2019 “the government offered to speak and did not want to negotiate” and that, given the management of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis, the CNP presented on “June 19, 2020 the Emergency Document. From that day until May 16, 2021, 11 months later, the government refuses to negotiate the document.

He stressed that the attitude of the executive “leads us to suspend negotiations and to assess the continuity of the talks with the government”.

The CNP said it would provide the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) with a preliminary agreement dated May 24 that addresses “minimums to ensure the exercise of peaceful social demonstrations.”

The IACHR will begin a visit to the country next Tuesday to assess respect for human rights during protests in the country.

The CNP has also called on the government to repeal a decree authorizing military deployment in towns where public order is disrupted due to the protests.

It also reaffirmed its condemnation of the violence, its attachment to peaceful mobilization and its decision to “demand that an end to the attacks on public and private property and the vandalism of public forces and individuals”.

Protests in Colombia began on April 28 against the now defunct tax reform proposal and continued with a long list of social and political demands, including an end to police brutality during massive social mobilisations that left 20 people dead, according to the police, and 74 according to the police. to social organizations. EFE

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