26 November 2018
Central Command (COCE)
In these first months of the Democratic Centre Government we have witnessed a significant increase in social mobilisation, protests and demands on the streets. This social pressure together with the 27% approval rating of the President are the most notable features of the present conjuncture.
In the last six weeks in Bogotá and other Departmental capitals popular mobilisation has taken over the streets. Tumultuous demonstrations, a variety of activities by students, and people marching on the capital from different parts of the country. The demonstrations on November 15th were massive and had a real impact, and in addition to the students they involved other sectors that came on to the streets to demand respect for public education and the withdrawal of the proposed Tax Reforms, especially the imposition of VAT on basic necessities.
This Wednesday, November 28th, it is proposed to occupy departmental capitals. The expectation is that on this occasion, as well as the unions, the students and other urban sectors, the movement will include peasant farmers, regional and indigenous groups. The call to action has come from Trade Unions, the Agrarian Summit, the Movements for Dignity, the National Indigenous Organisation, Afro-Colombian organisations, student groups, regional organisations, other organisations and the parliamentary opposition. In addition, according to the press, there is talk of a general strike on December 13th.
When the Government refused any dialogue with the students in the first weeks of their strike and would not go beyond token and deceitful concessions, the movement started to grow until it linked up with public resistance to the Tax Reform, producing in recent weeks a general social climate of discontent, mobilisation and protest.
As things stand at present, general repudiation of the unpopular Tax Reform and the movement it has provoked has forced the Government to back down and has made it change its original proposal. Just how much will it change the proposal? That will depend on the scale of pressure from Colombian society.
To complete the picture of disorder, the Democratic Centre administration has been throwing out the peace processes. In this despicable project they haven’t managed to generate the same degree of force they had when they were in opposition and they smashed anything to do with the peace process. In Congress the followers of ex-president Uribe have only managed to push forward some of their proposals aimed at restricting the Havana Agreements.
In his warlike agenda, Duque has suspended the conversations with the National Liberation Army, rejecting the agreements made under the previous Government. He has imposed unacceptable conditions for reinitiating talks, preconditions which have just been rejected in the relevant committees of the House and the Senate, during the first debate on the extension of Law 418 which is entitled “Public Order”.
Duque’s support for the Attorney General who is mired in the assassination of key witnesses in the corruption scandal over contracts with Odebrecht, has earned him yet more public repudiation. This suicidal support is provided by Duque because it involves the Aval Group, the most powerful conglomerate in the country, owned by Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, the multi-millionaire who appoints and removes presidents in Colombia.
In Colombia we are dealing with new realities, in which the domination of the powerful is not as solid as it was during the Presidency of Uribe (2002-2010), and this permits better conditions for the struggle for peace and transformations to improve the life of the great majority, which is our aim as revolutionaries.
Taken from the original: http://eln-voces.com/gobierno-una-minoria-del-27-ciento/