The Colombian government and the National Unemployment Committee concluded the fifth round of dialogues this Sunday to report on the crisis in the country since the protests broke out without reaching an agreement.
After an eleven hour session, both parties will meet on June 2nd and the committee intends to insist on demilitarizing social mobilization and respect for human rights while the government has insisted they do not give in until they stand up. The blockades in the countryside according to Caracol Radio.
These are the two points that are blocking the signing of a preliminary agreement that will open negotiations. “We ask them to commit themselves to taking whatever action or behavior is necessary so that they can lift themselves so that all blockades in Colombia end forever,” they said in a statement from the Colombian government.
Thousands of people demonstrated this Sunday to reject the blockades and acts of violence in white in Bogotá, Medellín, Barranquilla and other cities.
During the protests, messages such as “No more protests, no more blockades”, “Police, friend, the people are with you” were read and these messages have created tension among other protesters who support the strike, according to El Tiempo.
The demonstration was promoted through social media by Democratic Center (CD) congressmen who expressed their support for the police authorities who have been criticized for the violence taking place at the demonstrations.
On the other hand, according to Radio Nacional de Colombia, there have been some clashes in other parts of the country, such as an attempt to set fire to a municipal building in Facatativá in the Bogotá metropolitan area.
Last Thursday, Colombia concluded a month of open-ended general strike, the so-called national strike. This was a protest against President Duque’s proposed and then withdrawn tax reform. Now the demonstrators are protesting against the violence of the security forces and calling for social reforms. At least 59 people have died since the mobilizations began.