Monday, March 17, 2014

The Campesinos March

The march followed the 'Cumbre Agraria' - Agricultural Summit - held near Simon Bolivar Park.
Peasant farmers, students. political parties, Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups marched today demanding lots of things - and in particular that the government fulfill obligations it made to aid farmers and block cheap crop imports.

Afro-Colombian marchers.
Marchers carry a banner potraying ex-president and now Senator Alvaro Uribe as a fascist. Uribe's party, the Centro Democratico, did well in Sunday's elections, when Uribe was elected senator.

Marchers carried a flag with the portraits of Latin left icons Che Guevara and Simon Bolivar, as well as deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Amazing that a man who wrecked his country is seen as a saint. 

The Soviet Union is gone, but Lenin lives on - in Bogotá.
The Marcha Patriotica is widely seen as close to the FARC guerrillas, and could be the guerrillas' vehicle for entering politics if the guerrillas and government sign a peace deal.

Protesting the 'prison crisis.'

The Union Patriotica party, often linked to the FARC guerrillas, did poorly in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours


Unknown said...

I saw this march/protest outside my apartment on Septima. It seemed to be never ending as more and more people turned onto 7th from Calle 45

Miguel said...

It was the biggest march we've had in a while. I wonder whether the marching season has started. As always, lots of other groups - pensioners, political parties, ethnic groups, etc, joined up.