BOGOTA – Union leaders and Colombian authorities representatives met on Thursday for the second time this week however failed to succeed in an settlement to finish protests in opposition to President Ivan Duque’s financial and social insurance policies.
The assembly befell simply at some point after a nationwide strike organized by unions, college students and advocacy teams drew 1000’s of protesters.
“We remain deeply at odds with the government over the make up of the discussions,” Diogenes Orjuela, the top of the Central Union of Employees (CUT), advised journalists after the assembly.
“Furthermore, the government has taken a step back by labeling the discussions as exploratory. We continue to hold that this is a table for negotiations between the government and the national strike committee, to discuss the 13 demands that have been raised,” he stated.
Protest leaders’ calls for embody that the federal government take extra motion to halt the killings of human rights activists, higher implement a peace take care of leftist rebels and dissolve the ESMAD riot police, whom they accuse of extreme power throughout the protests.
Protesters additionally oppose a Duque tax reform which might reduce duties on companies, and reject different proposals Duque denies supporting, like alleged efforts to lift the pension age and reduce the minimal wage for younger folks.
The federal government on Thursday requested protest leaders to make their calls for extra particular.
“The government needs to know the full depth of these demands so that it can discuss what agreements can and cannot be achieved,” stated presidency official Diego Molano. “What we cannot do is build a negotiation based on 13 different topics without clearly knowing each demand.”
The protests, which have been largely peaceable, noticed looting and assaults in opposition to transport methods within the first few days, main the mayors of Cali andBogot to institute curfews.
5 folks have died in reference to the protests, which adopted upheaval in different Latin American nations equivalent to Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia.
The federal government and protest leaders have agreed to an additional assembly subsequent week.