Colombia’s long struggle: the 1977 National Strike and today

This episode looks at Colombia’s National Civic Strike in 1977 which made history for bringing the masses to the street and for the intense state repression, similar dynamics that are being observed during the strike today

May 08, 2021 by Peoples Dispatch

Colombia is making history as its national strike against neoliberal economic measures and the far-right government of Iván Duque carries on for the 11th consecutive day. The brave resistance of the Colombian people has been met with brutal violence from state forces, but it has not deterred their struggle.

This episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes takes a look at another key moment in Colombian history, the 1977 National Civic Strike, one of the largest mobilizations in history wherein people were rising up for similar reasons and faced a similar response from the state.