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Colombian labor protest challenges Santos

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Truckers, coal miners, coffee farmers and other workers united Monday in a strike that was among the biggest labor protests in Colombia in years and a challenge to President Juan Manuel Santos.

Organizers said at least 100,000 people, mainly in mining and agriculture, participated in the first day of the indefinite strike, but government estimates said the number was less than 50,000.

The strike is the latest a series of labor protests over the past year in Colombia, which is struggling with an economic slowdown after three years of robust growth.

Source: Wall Street Journal