Revolution against violence is needed in Colombia
Revolution against violence is what is needed in Colombia, quoted journalist and international analyst Juan Alberto Sánchez Marín, in an interview granted to HispanTV.
The phrase was the answer, seventy years ago, of a peasant farmer to the question of what was necessary for Colombia to emerge from the conflagration. A diagnosis that was valid then and is valid today, said Sánchez Marín.
The journalist spoke of the chaos that Colombia has been experiencing since April 28. The massive protests began against the tax reform proposal presented by the government of President Iván Duque.
The initiative affects the middle class and vulnerable sectors. “It is a measure dictated from above. It comes from international financial organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.”
IMPERIAL DUMBNESS AND INTERNATIONAL SILENCE
“And the great empires remain silent in the face of the massacre of the demonstrators. They do so because they themselves dictate the country’s economic policy.”
For Sánchez Marín, the silence of the powers in the face of the ongoing police repression has obvious reasons. It is that they are the main beneficiaries of the economic policy of governments like Duque’s
“Western governments do not focus their criticisms or attacks on Duque because they are art and part of the matter,” he added. The bloody police repression leaves more than twenty dead among unarmed protesters. Campaña Defender la Libertad, a network of human rights organizations, made the denunciation.
To the repressive forces of the Mobile Anti-Riot Squadron, SMAD, is now added the Army. Duque, in response to a tweet by former President Alvaro Uribe, his political boss, invoked the figure of assistance to deploy military forces in several cities.
An unconstitutional measure to which the governments of the region are increasingly resorting. Duque himself sent the military to patrol Bogotá during the 2019 riots. In any case, another inconvenient measure that many sectors of society see as another government provocation.
Colombian social movements and international entities have called on the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS) to fulfill their responsibilities.
They ask them to denounce and condemn what is happening in Colombia as soon as possible. It is necessary, they say, to put pressure on the government of Iván Duque to put an end to the massacre.
REVOLUTION AGAINST VIOLENCE
Although Duque backed down on Sunday and withdrew the tax reform, the country’s movements are calling for new protests. They also demand the head of state to prosecute those responsible for the murders.
The phrase of the Colombian peasant, therefore, continues to be valid seven decades later. It also goes to the heart of the crisis facing a country where social debts are paid with persecution and death.
A revolution against violence unleashed decade after decade, century after century. Violence that today is exercised by the same or similar elites against the subjugated of always. And in the same way, that is, through taxes, inequality, plundering of the State, repression and assassinations.
Note based on information from HispanTV Noticias.