Promoted by the Marcha Patriotica movement together with COCCAM, CONAFRO, ANZORC, PUPSOC, CONPI, FENSUAGRO and other peasants and indigenous organisations, the strike demands the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement signed in Havana a year ago between the FARC and the Colombian Government.
While peasants and citizens are staging different various actions the killing of community leaders continue with impunity.
The last two victims have been Aulio Isarama Forastero, governor of the Catru, Dubaza, Ancoso indigenous community in Alto Baudó, department of Chocó and Miguel Pérez, leader involved in the substitution of crops of illicit use in Tarazà.
Likewise police and the ESMAD (antiriot squads) have heavily baton charged the crowd peacefully protesting in Bogota.
According to Marcha Patriotica, on Wednesday morning, some seven thousand peasants were concentrated in Punto Sur (El Estanquillo). From there they held a march and a political act in the Central Park. The speakers demand the National Government to implement the agreements signed in Havana and to dismantle once and for all the paramilitary structures that act with impunity throughout the country.
Roads were blocked by peaceful demonstrators in Punto Centro and Punto Norte: here pedagogy actions and workshops have been organised to explain the content of the National Program for the Substitution of Crops of Illicit Use (PNIS).
In Popayan, in the city centre the spokespersons of the different platforms and organisations promoting the strike, held a press conference to underline the demands risen by the demonstration. The spokespersons said the strike has been called to demand the right to a dignified life and reiterated their will to crops substitution when this is carried out in a concerted and dialogued way, as agreed in Havana.
Demonstrators all over the country condemned the massacre carried out in Tumaco last 5th of October and demand justice for the victims. Seven peasants were killed and over 50 were wounded by State security forces.