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More sectors join Colombian national strike

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Echoing the widespread social discontent that swept through Brazil last month, demonstrators have taken to the streets in Colombia to protest various issues ranging from agrarian reform to ending a crackdown on illegal mining.

Part of a national strike launched Monday by several labor unions – including representing truckers, miners and coffee workers – the unrest has spread to include cacao farmers, teachers and health care workers.

“We’re not trying to overthrow the government or support one armed group or another, we just want solutions to our problems,” Javier Correa Velez, the head of a coffee-growers association said.

Source: Fox News Latino