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General public school instructors strike in Colombia: seven million kids with out lessons

Friday, February 21st 2020 – 08:25 UTC

The motion is portion of three-month-outdated protests organized by unions and pupil teams in opposition to the social and financial guidelines of President Ivan Duque.

Public university lecturers in Colombia launched a two-day strike on Thursday to protest violence from the occupation and killings of activists and other group leaders, leaving extra than 7 million youngsters devoid of lessons.

The teachers’ protest precedes a standard strike prepared for Mar 25. The motion is aspect of three-thirty day period-aged protests structured by unions and pupil groups against the social and economic insurance policies of President Ivan Duque.

The Colombian Federation of Training Staff (Fecode), the greatest teachers’ union in the region, said 300,000 lecturers had been having portion in the strike.

“Our instructors continue on to be threatened and attacked,” Fecode head Nelson Alarcon explained introducing that so much this calendar year, one particular instructor has been killed and 240 have gained threats.

“This authorities is indolent. It isn’t using steps to shield their life,” he reported all through a protest in Bogota.

The lecturers, who were being taking element in marches in Colombia’s major cities, denounced the killings and threats towards human rights activists, indigenous leaders, labor figures and other social leaders.

Lecturers called on the government to honor agreements to improve their health-related treatment and improve resources for community schooling.

According to Indepaz, a assume tank centered on peace-making, 51 social leaders have been killed in Colombia this calendar year. In 2019, 253 social leaders have been killed.

The federal government blames the killings on dissidents of demobilized guerrilla-team the Groundbreaking Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and drug-trafficking felony teams.

Training Minister Maria Victoria Angulo stated the authorities has met teachers’ demands and moved workers who have gained threats in insecure locations.

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