An indefinite strike launched by members of various indigenous communities in Colombia has been ongoing for 23 days as of Wednesday, April 3, with additional groups recently joining the movement. On Wednesday, an additional 43 communities announced they would join the National Indigenous Minga, which has been blocking roads and holding demonstrations in the departments of Antioquia, Arauca, Boyacá, Cauca, Huila, Nariño, Santander, Tolima, and Valle de Cauca. Roadblocks continue to prevent traffic from moving along the Pan-American Highway (Highway 25) between Popayán (Cauca department) and Cali (Valle del Cauca department). Authorities have implemented fuel rationing measures in Popayán as shipments have been forced to be delivered via alternative routes. According to media reports, there are no food shortages in the area, but disruptions to fuel and the delivery of other goods have been reported.
Roadblocks and protests are expected to continue in the coming days. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are possible near any demonstration sites. Further clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Multiple indigenous civil society groups started demonstrations in Cauca department on March 13 to protest land disputes. Over a dozen people have been wounded during attempts by security forces to clear roadblocks along National Route 25. Protesters also reportedly attacked humanitarian workers on March 15, prompting a local aid agency to suspend operations in Cauca department. At least one police officer has been killed during the protests.
Individuals in abovementioned departments are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all gatherings and protests due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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