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10 Dec 2019 | 04:10 AM UTC

Colombia: Nationwide protests continue December 10 /update 15

Unions call for another nationwide protest on December 10; avoid all protests

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Event

The National Strike Committee has called for another nationwide protest on Tuesday, December 10, for which gatherings in urban centers across Colombia are to be expected. In Bogotá, participants are to gather as of 14:00 (local time) at Calle 94 to demand a renegotiation of the minimum wage. At 16:00, they will convene at Calle 26. An informal presentation will also take place from 10:00 to 18:00 at the Colombia Workers' Confederation on Calle 39, where gatherings may take place.

A heightened security presence, and transportation disruptions are to be expected throughout Bogota and other urban centers. A heightened security presence is also expected in the vicinity of all protests and further clashes cannot be ruled out.

Context

Several unions and civil society groups have been organizing nationwide protests and strikes since November 21 to protest the policies of President Iván Duque's administration, including the alleged support of unpopular economic plans and the perceived lack of government action to counter killings of human rights activists and rein in corruption. Heightened security measures were approved across Colombia in anticipation of the protests, permitting local authorities to implement curfews and restrict civilian movement.

Advice

Individuals in Bogotá and across Colombia are advised to closely monitor developments, avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.