Black Colombians Strike Against Racism, Poverty and Violence

Riot police brutally attacked protesters in the mostly Black city of Buenaventura, the South American nation’s largest port. Charo Mina-Rojas, of Black Community Process, part of a broad spectrum of organizations behind a general strike in the city of half a million people, said water is unavailable 150 days of the year, the people “don’t have access to health care, teachers have not been paid in months,” and violence is rampant in poor neighborhoods controlled by paramilitary gunmen. “We don’t see opportunities for real peace in Colombia if Black people continue under these racist attacks by the national government,” said Mina-Rojas.