Nationwide demonstrations in Colombia against budget cuts planned for November 28
The Central Unit of Workers (CUT) and student groups have published statements calling supporters to demonstrate across urban areas to protest against prospected budget cuts in education and to oppose a fiscal reform oriented toward reducing corporate taxes. Large student demonstrations in Bogota have also taken place on November 21, November 15, November 8, and October 10.
In view of the large turnouts witnessed during recent demonstrations in Bogota, protests on November 28 are most likely to attract tens of thousands of participants. Precedent suggests significant travel disruptions will be witnessed in Bogota, particularly affecting the Transmilenio bus rapid transit system and traffic along the Autopista Norte. Taking into account localized acts of vandalism and violence during previous demonstrations, heightened security presence will probably be seen in the vicinity of potential focal points for protests, including Plaza Bolivar (Square) and public buildings in the city center. Furthermore, police are likely to evict demonstrators blocking important intersections, potentially leading to scuffles with activists, as recorded for instance on November 8.
Those operating or residing in Colombia on November 28, and especially in Bogota, are advised to anticipate travel disruptions and exercise vigilance due to demonstrations and the potential for violence.