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Colombian Teachers Continue Strike After More Than One Month

IN PICTURES: Colombian teachers continue to strike after more than a month in the streets pressuring the government to invest in education.

Colombian teachers started their protests May 11, halting classes for 8 million Colombian students.

They have since been joined by some of those students, as they strike to pressure the government to improve their salaries, provide money for food programs, transport, infrastructural upgrades, and other education services.

The government has responded by offering a 15 percent bonus, but that's only for the longest serving teachers. Colombian teachers have vowed to continue striking.

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As Colombian teachers continue their protest for better wages and working conditions, it
As Colombian teachers continue their protest for better wages and working conditions, it's expected their union, Fecode, will meet with government negotiators soon to discuss their demands. Photo:EFE
Thousands of Colombian teachers began striking May 11 against low wages and poor conditions. They want the government to make good on its promise to make the Colombia the "most educated" in Latin America.
Thousands of Colombian teachers began striking May 11 against low wages and poor conditions. They want the government to make good on its promise to make the Colombia the "most educated" in Latin America. Photo:Reuters
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Colombia's striking teachers drape a flag over the statute of Simon Bolivar during a May 23 protest. Photo:Reuters
Colombian teacher Carlos Fredy has chained himself to the door of a school in Medellin to protest poor infrastructure at Colombian schools.
Colombian teacher Carlos Fredy has chained himself to the door of a school in Medellin to protest poor infrastructure at Colombian schools. Photo:Reuters
Teachers stage a mock funeral during their month-long protests for better wages and school facilities.
Teachers stage a mock funeral during their month-long protests for better wages and school facilities. Photo:Reuters
Students have joined the teachers
Students have joined the teachers' protests. The banner they're holding says they want health and dignity. Photo:Reuters
The teachers want higher salaries plus money for food and transport. They are also demanding improved school facilities including laboratories, sports fields and internet access.
The teachers want higher salaries plus money for food and transport. They are also demanding improved school facilities including laboratories, sports fields and internet access. Photo:Reuters
They say they are holding the government to it
They say they are holding the government to it's promise to make Colombia's education system the best in Latin America. This placard says they are currently the least educated on the continent. Photo:Reuters
Students take part in protests to demand better remuneration for teachers, and better facilities for them.
Students take part in protests to demand better remuneration for teachers, and better facilities for them. Photo:EFE
The teachers have been met with violence during some of their protests, which the unions claim has been peaceful on their side.
The teachers have been met with violence during some of their protests, which the unions claim has been peaceful on their side. Photo:Twitter / @PersonalEscrito
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Fecode's President Carlos Rivas shared this via his twitter account. He says an education ministry adviser earns 100 million pesos in 3 months. A teacher earns less than that in one year. Photo:Twitter / @CarlosRFecode
The placard says striking teachers are taking part in the protests. So far the government has responded by offering a 15 percent  salary increase, but that
The placard says striking teachers are taking part in the protests. So far the government has responded by offering a 15 percent salary increase, but that's only for the longest serving teachers. Photo:EFE
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The Colombian teacher's union, Fecode, says they continue to receive the support of students, their parents and many others in their protests for better wages and working conditions Photo:Reuters
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