Colombia: participation and protest amid government's Peace Agreement
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Colombia: participation and protest amid government's Peace Agreement

Over the past few weeks, various organisations in Colombia have been protesting about the breach of an agreement that was signed by the government and social organisations at the end of the national rural strikes of 2013. This agreement represents a milestone in the recent history of social mobilisation in Colombia, both because of its magnitude and impact, and because it comprised the collective demands of peasants, indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombian communities.

But the protests carry an additional demand: fulfillment of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the former guerilla movement FARC-EP that was signed on 30 November 2016, following an eventful public validation process. The goal of this agreement is to consolidate ‘territorial peace’, meaning that peace benefits should reach the territories and communities that have most suffered the consequences of the war.


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