August 29, saw thousands of students around the country joined a day of strikes and marched in numerous cities around the country including Bogotá and Medellin. This is a photo essay from a CPT Colombia team member. Follow the ongoing story at Storify.
With whistles, chanting, and drums students marched from the National University to Plaza de Bolivar.
Students from Universidad del Rosario. For a number of them it was their first protest.
The police made their priorities very clear. Every bank had at least a dozen armed officers posted outside.
Anarchist Emma Goldman said it best: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”
The destruction produced by the free trade agreements between EU, Canada and US are one of the major themes. Colombia, one of the largest producers of potatoes in Latin America still has to import potatoes to feed the domestic market.
With police already having shot one round of tear gas in the northeast corner of Plaza de Bolivar, others were ready to block the southwest exit.
Peaceful protesters escape police tear gas thrown in Plaza de Bolivar.
Parque Tercer Milenio became a place of refuge until police hunted the group down with more tear gas. I tried to count each round of volleys, but stopped counting after reaching 15.
My favorite moment of the march: a womyn and her daughter giving away free watermelon. I really hope it wasn’t imported!
The excessive force used by the police has been documented widely, and has already provoked lawsuits against the National Police by Human Rights groups.