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Conaie welcomes Colombian protests, says Andean ‘people’s uprising’ is just beginning

Ecuador’s Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) pledged its support to the national strike in Colombia that began Thursday. “We stand with our brothers and sisters of Colombia and are gratified to see that the fight for people’s rights has spread throughout the Andean region,” Conaie said in a Twitter statement.

Protesters march through Bogota on Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of Colombian pensioners, students, teachers and union members, as well as members of the indigenous community, marched through the streets of the country’s major cities Thursday. Although protests began peacefully, violence erupted later in the day as police fired tear gas into crowds and vandalism was reported in Bogota, Cali and Medellin.

Police vehicles and buses were reportedly burned in Bogota and Cali Thursday night.

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Conaie President Jaime Vargas said the fight for human rights is the same in Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia. “This is a crusade against the abuses of rightwing, neo-liberal governments that have rejected the rights of labor, bowed to the wishes of the IMF and World Bank, sold off public assets and worked to defend the interests of the rich and powerful,” he said. “In Colombia, the fight is also against the massacre of hundreds of community leaders. Colombia is one of the most violent countries on earth and the government does nothing to stop it and, in many cases, encourages it.”

Vargas said that protests and strikes will continue. “We have met with some success in Ecuador and Chile and understand that together we are powerful. This uprising will not end until true justice is achieved and the rights of the people are respected.”

On Thursday night, Colombian President Iván Duque said he was listening to the demands of the protesters. “We are paying close attention and concede there is much work to be done to correct problems,” he said. “I am willing to talk to leaders of today’s events if it can be done in a peaceful atmosphere.”

Duque warned, however, that vandalism and violence will not be tolerated and said he was granting extraordinary powers to local governments to combat it.

In recent months, Duque’s public support has dropped dramatically as crime rates have risen in Colombia. An October poll showed his popularity at 23 percent.

24 thoughts on “Conaie welcomes Colombian protests, says Andean ‘people’s uprising’ is just beginning

  1. I’m sure this will be a first but I’m uneducated and uninformed and really don’t understand A part of this sentence.

    This is a crusade against the abuses of rightwing, neo-liberal governments that have rejected the rights of labor, bowed to the wishes of the IMF and World Bank,

    Particularly this part confuses me.
    RIGHTWING,NEO-LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

    I’m assuming rightwing means conservative?my confusion begins with Neo liberal government?Are they not opposing each other?

    1. Neoliberalism is an economic philosophy. Neoliberalism is strictly about capitalist economics. It has nothing to do with the conservative versus liberal political paradigm, so put that aside. In fact, neoliberalism is embraced by both many conservatives and many liberals. Even some socialists have embraced neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is global and systemic in its implementation and impact, and often referred to as globalization. It is currently the guiding principles behind global corporate capitalism. It’s major tenets include economic liberalization, including privatization, deregulation, free trade, austerity, and reductions in government spending in order to increase the role of the private sector in the economy and society. Neoliberalism is contrasted with Keynesian economic philosophy that dominated capitalist economics for many decades in the Twentieth Century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism

      1. Great explanation, thank you. It IS confusing, and I suspect this is on purpose. (Lets give the people even more to argue about and divide over!) It is dangerous, applying all of these labels… for instance “conservative” does not mean “globalist”, but supports rule of law and the constitution, civil rights and personal freedoms. Globalism (agenda 21 and 2030–UN) is the opposite of that. As Jnack pointed out, the globalist agenda is largely supported and furthered by the democratic party in the US, tagged “liberals”, but it has proponents in both parties — which should tell you something. Namely, neither party is truly what it seems and the whole thing is rigged and controlled by people and forces outside both of “parties” in the US, or “the deep state” (every President since Washington has been installed by them). I also remember a time when “liberal” meant tolerance, protecting vulnerable populations and the environment, free speech, and respect for one another…that has lost a good deal of meaning in the current insanity. The parties appear to have flip-flopped. More confusion.

        The globalists are targeting South America and testing the populations to see how their globalist policies are going to work…this looks a little like the “Arab Spring”, doesn’t it? Same agenda, different countries…. and while I fully support the indigenous population and their fight for rights, fair pay and taxes, and protecting their lands, I noticed that in Ecuador recently they got some small concessions, but their agneda, advanced in the congress, was wholly ignored and IMF plans to continue to steamroll their own agenda through, and I fear for more “reforms” will be coming as (planned) economic conditions worsen.
        These people are relentless, they will not rest until they have “full spectrum control” of the entire planet and all of its peoples … look for digital currency next as a solution to the engineered monetary “crash”, and microchiping the population. We already have remote mind-control, vaccines and big pharma, 5G, “smart devices”, and polluted food and water for controlling the people. It is working, as many loose their ability to think critically or act in their best interest.
        Not trying to be a downer here, but I hope we can all stop dividing over this false programming and blaming one another in the name of “parties”, and start targeting the real culprits, the globalists. It’s our only chance to win back our freedoms.

    2. You mean to say you weren’t able to do a simple Google search on the term “neoliberalism”, before commenting on this forum?

      1. Neo liberal is a confusing term to those of us that were raised with “liberal” to mean “progressive and people centered.” Even more confusing is that Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and their successors – including the US Democrat party – were the principal architects of global neo lib policy. They are “liberal” heroes in a way. It’s a big adjustment in terminology, so give us all a break please.

        1. perhaps some confusion is related to the Neocons of Bush era ..Likes of Cheney // Rumsfeld// that got us in the longest war in our history // The term Neo can indeed be confusing //

    1. The protestors in Colombia may need the help. I know a friend that lives in Colombia and when I asked him this morning about the protestors yesterday, he didn’t know anything about it. I guess it was spotty and not much.

      Not like the rocks and tear gas canisters flying in Cuenca a few days ago.

      1. Huh? The rocks and tear gas where only in small part of El Centro, near the park. The rest of the city was calm. Colombia is in a much more precarious situation than Ecuador because of the drugs and murders although who know what lies ahead.

  2. I wholeheartedly support the broad goals of the so-called indigenous movement; that is, protesting for better conditions for the poor and middle class. However, violence, vandalism, blocking access to cities, and threatening to create an indigenous army are just asking to have their movement suppressed by force. No government can sit back and allow these activities to take place.

  3. Strap in for an interesting ride: Vargas said that protests and strikes (“the uprising”) “will not end until true justice is achieved and the rights of the people are respected.” Define “true justice” and the respect for peoples’ rights that they are seeking… what are the milestones and bench marks? How do we know when we’ve “gotten there”? Sounds like a Colin Kaepernick rabbit hole….. where no one will ever be able to argue that success has been achieved.

    1. Maybe just start with respecting the rights enshrined in the Constitution. We’re literally at the point where that is a faraway goal.

      But yeah, talk about Kaepernick instead of the police brutality he was protesting against in the first place. Diversion accomplished. No need to fix anything.

      1. There your hair trigger goes again! Faulkner…. READ… just read, for a change. No comment here about who is right, and who is wrong….. nothing said about police brutality, one way or the other. ….not even a comment about the Constitution (whose, by the way?). Only an observation that unless a specific, definable goal is somehow put forth, Latin America will have “activists” (akin to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) running around, profiteering off social strife and conflict…. and once they figure out that they can make a very profitable career out of holding up Governments, Companies, and the very people they profess to “support”, they will be sowing the seeds of unrest, disruption, and violence forever. Look at history around the globe. We’ve seen it again, and again……

        Amazing how you try to sound so intelligent and evangelistic, yet come up short again, and again, and again.

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