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  • Colombian campesinos run after the ESMAD police threw tear gas.

    Colombian campesinos run after the ESMAD police threw tear gas. | Photo: COCCAM

Published 26 October 2017

The indefinite strike is a protest against the murders of social movement activists by paramilitaries and government personnel.

Police clashed with campesinos and social organizations in Colombia, as they continued their indefinite strike to demand that the government fulfill the peace agreement signed with the FARC.

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According to witnesses, the Mobile Anti-Riot Squads, or ESMAD, cracked down on a demonstration of at least 2,000 people in the north of the country, on the road from Cucuta to Ocana, which included children and elders.

The National Coordinator of Coca, Poppy and Marijuana Growers said that the government of President Juan Manuel Santos needs to protect and respect the constitutional guarantees of those demanding that authorities fulfill the peace agreements signed in Havana, Cuba in 2016.

The organizations also launched the indefinite strike to protest over 150 murders of social movement activists by paramilitaries and government personnel.

Among campesino demands are for the government to comply with the collective agreements for the substitution of illicit crops, the National Program for Integral Replacement of Crops for Illicit Use, and to pass several bills to fully implement the agreement's conditions.

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Signed nearly a year ago with the ex-guerilla group FARC, now known as the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common, the peace deal put an end to more than 50 years of internal war.

Other organizations taking part in the strike are the Patriotic March, the National Coordination of Communities and Afro-Descendant Organizations, and the National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples, among others.

There were also several demonstrations in the departments of Antioquia, Caqueta and Valle del Cauca.


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