BOGOTA (Reuters) – Unions and student groups in Colombia on Friday said a strike planned for March 25 to protest against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque will go ahead but they canceled public marches to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
The planned strike would be the first one this year after a series of protests and three strikes in the final two months of 2019.
“The strike on March 25 is going ahead. However, we are asking Colombians not to leave their houses as there will be no transport. We will hold cacerolazos from houses every two hours, from eight in the morning until eight at night,” Diogenes Orjuela, head of the Central Union of Workers (CUT), told Reuters.
Cacerolazos are traditional Latin American protests in which demonstrators bang pots and pans.
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