Hundreds took to the streets of Bogota in a march lead by health workers, on Thursday, amid a national strike over labour rights during the pandemic.
Protesters were seen marching with banners, drums, and some wearing coffin-shaped signs around their necks, as a large presence of riot police observed.
«Today, we're here protesting, marching, defending the rights of all health sector workers, and the conditions of a free public health for all Colombians as established in Colombian statutory law,» said Roberto Angulo, a surgeon at Universidad del Rosario. «We're calling on all sectors at a national level [to strike], but the health sector, above all, is leading the march today.»
The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) union called for the strike over the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession taking place in the country.