The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

The OIDHACO General Assembly requests guarantees for protesters during the National Strike in Colombia and sends alert regarding alleged use of excessive force by the state security forces.

On 28 April, a National Strike began in more than 500 municipalities in Colombia. Convened by the National Strike Committee, this protest brings together several sectors of the population. The protesters are criticizing the government’s tax reform bill, as they believe that it would lead to greater poverty. Moreover, they are protesting about the mismanagement of the health crisis aggravated by the covid19 pandemic. The strike is also demanding that “the government effectively protects social leaders, implements the peace agreement, strengthens health care, accelerates vaccinations, guarantees the basic minimum wage, zero tuition fees and support for small businesses, and respects democratic guarantees