• The Popular Strike: A fight that never ends

    By on June 27, 2016

    Almost every year, from August 2013 up until today, campesino farmers in Colombia have taken to the main highways to demand guarantees from the government necessary to cultivate their land and thus maintain a sustainable livelihood to support their families; the campesinos, indigenous, and Afro-Colombians are not only demanding respect for their territories but also calling for a revision of national policies which currently threaten the development of the rural sector.

    These mobilizations are supported by several sectors including students, healthcare professionals, teachers, religious groups and unions, which in turn represents the large array of issues affecting the vast majority of the population.

  • National Strike Strikes Again

    By on May 15, 2014

    “Excuse us for the inconveniences, we are struggling to guarantee our food sovereignty. Strike for progress. CISCA [Catatumbo Committee for Social Integration]

    From April 28th to May 9th, 2014, 3,000 farmers and miners from the Southern Bolivar, Catatumbo, and Cesar regions mobilized near the small town of Norean (three hours north of Barrancabermeja) along with thousands across the country as part of the National Strike, to pressure the national government to negotiate with their leaders in Bogota.   This is the second such mobilization in less than a year, after the government failed to fulfill the agreements that ended the first one.

  • 5000 Small Farmers Arrive in Aguachica

    By on May 6, 2014
    Yesterday a thousand riot police and military personnel arrived in the small town of Norian, just north of Aguachica, and completely surrounded five thousand small farmers who had begun to gather there since May first. The display of force and the restriction of movement has been a part of the government’s strategy to clamp down on the growing Agrarian strike.

    Earlier today, 300 small farmers from the northeastern Antioquia traveling to Medellin to participate in public gatherings were detained on the pretext that they would be a threat to the residents of Medellin, since the public forces did not have enough personnel.

  • National Agrarian Strike 2014

    By on April 28, 2014

  • The People’s Land Summit, March’s March, and an Ultimatum

    By on April 11, 2014
    CAHUCOPANA, a grass-roots campesino organization that formed to defend the land and human rights of the campesinos in north-east Antioquia, has learnt that sometimes you have to leave your home to defend it. CAHUCOPANA asked the CPT Colombian team to accompany a caravan of dozens of buses from the department of Antioquia to join about 30 thousand demonstrators in a march in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, on the 17th of March of this year.

    The march was planned to end and compliment the People’s Land Summit, also held in Bogotá. The Summit itself, in which CAHUCOPANA also participated, was in response to the national government’s failure to live up to the commitments it had made as part of negotiations to end a nation-wide general strike in August of 2013.

  • On Going Home

    By on October 16, 2013
    The small farmers of Colombia have been on strike for the past six weeks. This meant that thousands of families and hundreds of communities took to the streets of Colombia, blocking major arteries along national highways and demanding change. The mobilization took place as a result of empty promises from the Santos government who have failed to provide agricultural subsidies, create the appropriate economic and social infrastructure, and facilitate a land reform process where Colombian farmers will be favoured over multinational investors. Their demands also include an end to the Free Trade Agreements with Canada, the United States and the EU which have made it impossible for Colombian farmers to compete in their own national market.
  • Dialogues over Strike Statement Start Off on the Right Foot in Segovia, Antioquia

    By on August 23, 2013

    Yesterday, August 22nd, the first peace march took place in the town of Segovia. It began at the...

  • Roundtable for Negotiation Begins Today in Medellín

    By on August 23, 2013
    We, the small farmers, miners, and indigenous people from the towns of Segovia and Remedios, declare to all local inhabitants that the claims and demands that were included in the recently-released statement constitute the people’s historical rights. These claims seek to defend all the rights of the people who live in this area, who have made great contributions to the country’s economy and development.

    Our struggle in this huge mobilization of thousands of farmers, miners, and indigenous people is intended to call the attention of the national government, so that they might pay attention to our requests, which have been fair and for the well-being of the entire region.

  • Primer: The National Strike in Colombia | 22 August 2013

    By on August 23, 2013

    Beginning on Monday, August 19th, broad sectors of Colombian society rose up together in a national strike. The strike, which is now taking place in cities and rural areas across the countryincludes coffee growers’ unions, truck drivers, small-scale miners, students, teachers, health workers, farmers, and fishermen. CPT has had a presence at the strikes and roadblocks taking place in Segovia and Remedios, in northeastern Antioquia. What follows is a short primer on why Colombians are striking, the historical context of these demonstrations, and what the demonstrators have demanded from the State.

    A Historical Debt

    Colombia is a country deeply divided by economic inequality.