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Colombia: Truck blockades in Arauca department

Arauca department cut off from the rest of the country since November 26 due to roadblocks by truck drivers

27 Nov 11:08 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/29/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Arauca

Event

Protests and roadblocks by truck drivers at strategic locations left the entire department of Arauca cut off from the rest of the country on Monday, November 26. The conflict had not been resolved by the end of the day and as such a similar situation is likely on Tuesday, and potentially into the following days.

On Monday the blockades were located: on the bridge over the Tame River linking Arauca with Yopal (Casanare department) and Villavicencio (Meta department); on kilometer 105 of Route 66, which leads to Norte de Santander and Boyacá departments; and in the La Cabuya zone.

Context

The union behind the protests has been holding actions throughout Colombia since November 24 to denounce the rise in fuel prices, a proposed 19 percent sales tax (IVA) increase on food products, and poor road security, among other issues.

Advice

Individuals in Arauca and surrounding departments are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid all protests, never attempt to cross a roadblock without authorization, and research road conditions ahead of road journeys.

 

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