The government conditions the dialogue for the end of the protests to the unemployment committee, which condemns the blockades

The Colombian government this Thursday called on the National Unemployment Committee (CNP) to condemn the blockades spread across the country to advance dialogue to end the protests with preliminary agreements as the country celebrates a month of anti-government marches this Friday.

After a new meeting between the two parties, the President’s Adviser on Stabilization and the new head of the government’s negotiating team, Emilio Archila, indicated that they were working “intensively” on a document of the agreements, although there were differences in content.

Archila has claimed that the executive at the meeting demanded that the condemnation of the blockades on various roads in the country be included in the framework of the protests, which “violate, among other things, the rights to mobility and work”. Nutrition, health, economic, social and cultural development “, reports the Colombian media” El Espectador “.

The government conditions the dialogue for the end of the protests to the unemployment committee, which condemns the blockades
The government conditions the dialogue for the end of the protests to the unemployment committee, which condemns the blockades

“Overall, the blockades are having a negative impact on millions of Colombians. It is essential for the national government to guarantee the rights of other Colombians as well,” he added.

In this regard, it was noted that the negotiating team of the executive branch of Iván Duque, at a meeting on May 17, requested that the organizers of the strike value reflect the need to remove the blockades in the agreement.

Archilla therefore complained that some members of the CNP have reiterated their position to “exclusively” promote the humanitarian corridors without condemning the blockades, which prevents further steps in the agreements because “this point is non-negotiable by the government”.

On the part of the committee, one of its representatives, former Congressman Alirio Uribe, has suggested that Duque’s team was not clear about its objections to the agreements, despite having asked them to clarify these issues.

“It does not say what (the objections) are, nor does it provide a document,” he criticized, noting that the government is delaying the dialogue in order not to start negotiating the emergency document.

In this sense, Uribe has indicated that the executive “wants to resume the negotiation of guarantees and does not want to find a solution to the crisis in a democratic way and through dialogue”.

Francisco Maltés, the president of the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT), one of the organizations that make up the CNP, has condemned the lack of a response to the signing of the provisional agreements reached on Monday on guarantees for the exercise of the protest .

“What we are seeing is a delaying measure to agree to sign what has been agreed. Therefore, this delaying attitude does not understand the complexity and naturally makes the person responsible for the strike the government of President Iván Duque,” condemned Malteser.

On condition of condemning the blockades, the government has convened the unemployment committee for a new appointment next Sunday, May 30th, reports Caracol Radio.

Colombia is celebrating a month of protests this Friday, which began on April 28 with the rejection of a government-sponsored controversial tax reform proposal to Congress, which it withdrew on May 2 under pressure from the mobilizations.

However, the mobilizations continued to demand other measures from the government, including withdrawing the health reform project, demilitarizing rural areas and cities, complying with the peace accord and dismantling criminal organizations.

The negotiating table continues without installation, while new demonstrations have been scheduled for this Friday, expecting a large influx of citizens in different cities of the country such as Bogotá or Cali and continuing denunciation of the action to the international community. Police.

The Department of Defense reported that 45 civilians died of unemployment this month, although 17 are related to the protests and 9 are under review, while 19 are unrelated to the national strike.

The protests also injured 1,065 civilians and killed two Public Force agents, one in Soacha and one in Cali, while 1,102 soldiers were wounded.

For its part, the Ombudsman’s office has registered 236 complaints of human rights violations, 174 of which it is identified as a suspected responsible agent of the National Police.

There are also 106 incidents of gender-based violence reported, of which 23 are sexual violence and two are suspected rape. 261 people were found during the strike and the urgency mechanism for 134 remains in place.

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