Colombia has been experiencing, since April 28 of this year, a historical popular uprising carried out within the framework of the National Strike that, without a doubt, calls into question the so-called “most stable democracy in Latin America”. It is about the mobilization of millions of Colombians who, outraged by the critical situation of poverty, misery, social exclusion and terrible management of the government of Iván Duque, but also by the breach of the Peace Agreement, the attacks against social leaders, and the generalized violence; took the streets, highways and strategic roads of the country, to say: “No more! Enough already! We demand social justice and democracy!”

In order to make visible how the multidimensional crisis that the country supports, is expressed in the territories where the Minga Association accompanies the organizational processes of the communities, the various initiatives developed as expressions of their social protest in the National Strike, the response of the Public Force, enterprises and local authorities as well as the consequences in terms of human rights violations, we have prepared this newsletter with brief analyzes of what was experienced in the strike until June 30.

In the same way, we propose a critical reading of Decree 003, in order to share ideas about the way in which social organizations maintain the claim of the right to social protest, given the government’s position of limiting, through regulations, public demonstrations.

Finally, we present our point of view on the central axes of the observations and recommendations made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, in relation to the fierce repression of the government against citizen mobilization that, along with the statements of other international missions, constitute important instruments to continue generating economic, political and judicial pressure from this scenario.

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