|A researcher protesting on Plaza Bolivar this week displays|
a sign claiming he needs a microscope to see his science budget.
|'Did you know that the government plans to cut 40% |
of the science and technology budget?
Science isn't the only area scheduled to suffer: The environmental budget is also on the chopping block. That makes no sense in a country suffering a horrific deforestation rate, and in which the guerrilla demobilization has created new environmental challenges.
The big winner? Defense - which makes no sense, since the FARC, Colombia's biggest and oldest guerrilla group, just signed a peace treaty, gave up its weapons and demobilized.
|Running with full tanks: Pick-up trucks carry soldiers thru La Candelaria.|
|An El Tiempo graphic showing the government's 2018 budget proposal.|
The environment and science lost. The military won.