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Colombia’s Communist Party highlights diversity of national strike

Colombia’s Communist Party highlights diversity of national strike

Bogota, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The secretary general of Colombia's Communist Party, Jaime Caycedo, assured on Monday that the national strike against the government has a diverse social composition that shows the convergence of different levels of popular rebellion.
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He recalled in an analysis issued on Monday by the Voz newspaper, of this political force, that the strike began on April 28 against the fiscal reform of the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank, of a profoundly regressive character.

The project proposed to increase the tax on the family basket and public services while maintaining exemptions, subsidies and exonerations to large shareholders, to ensure the purchase of warplanes and economic resources for the 2022 elections in order to ‘shield the continuity of the regime,’ he said. Caycedo noted that while the government is trying to wear down the strike by means of selective and violent repression, the movement gained audience in the population and incorporated new and complex components, each one with its own list of repressed and unfulfilled demands, oriented towards the claim for social justice.

About the outbreak in the country, the leader underscored that the economic crisis of peripheral capitalism has hit Colombia since the previous decade, with a growing rise in unemployment since 2015.

The irruption of the Covid-19 pandemic caused the withdrawal of tens of thousands of informal trade workers, layoffs and closures of small businesses, hunger as a steadily increasing phenomenon, the vulnerability of the population to the health crisis, and educational costs, also contributed to the outbreak, he added.

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