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28 Nov 2018 | 08:33 AM UTC

Colombia: Nationwide anti-tax and education protests Nov. 28 /update 3

Colombia News Alert

Strikes, protests, and roadblocks by activists expected nationwide November 28; significant disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/13/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá, Caribbean coast

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Strikes and protests by various groups - including students, labor unions, and campesinos (peasant farmers) - are set to take place nationwide on Wednesday, November 28. Demonstrations are planned for major cities, notably the capital Bogotá, and protesters may erect roadblocks on city roads and highways throughout the country. In the capital, several protest marches are set to begin at 07:00 (local time), for example a march by teachers from Plaza Bolívar. Furthermore, some 350,000 teachers are expected to take part in a 24-hour national strike. As with all protests in Colombia, clashes between protesters and security forces are possible, particularly if the latter attempt to forcibly break up roadblocks.

A related nationwide 24-hour general strike has been scheduled for December 13.


Protesters are denouncing a proposed 19 percent sales tax (IVA) increase on food products, as well as cuts to the education budget. Numerous demonstrations regarding these issues have been held in the country in recent weeks. 


Individuals in Colombia are advised to systematically avoid all protests, never attempt to cross a roadblock without authorization, and be prepared for traffic disruptions.


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