COLOMBIA: How you can support the participants in the Colombian National Strike

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29 August 2013
COLOMBIA: How you can support the participants in the Colombian National Strike

The Colombian national strike is now in its second week and has shut down three highways, but President Santos until two nights ago refused to acknowledge its existence.  Police brutality against the demonstrators has increased to the extent that the Director of National Police, General Rodolfo Palomino, has promised an inquiry.  Many voices have spoken; those in power have heard some and ignored others.  One voice we would like to highlight is that of Archbishop of Tunja, Msgr. Luis Augusto Castro, whose pastoral voice invited a calm and a just response to the strikers’ demands from the government.

An invitation to President Santos by Msgr. Luís Augusto Castro, Archbishop of Tunja
Click here to watch the Video
 

photo: cambio.com.co

The government’s choice to avoid negotiations and use
violence to clamp down on the people’s right to protest is a cause for
concern.  Support the farmers’
strike by this signing
this petition
urging President Santos to negotiate with an open
mind, and urging those in power to lead this country from
injustice to justice. 

Show your support of the farmers strike by making a sign “YO APOYO EL PARO AGARARIO” (I support the Farmers Strike).  Include your location and send it out on Facebook and Twitter using:

  1. Use #yoapoyoelparoagrario on twitter and facebook
  2. Tag on us facebook (use the name Christian Peacemaker Teams – Colombia in a comment or “Share” one of the team’s posts on the strike)
  3. Tag us on twitter: @cptco

Or, email us your photo

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