Various protests are due to take place on main roads throughout the two coffee-producing departments until 2PM, said Jhonny Garces, president of the country’s federation of small and medium miners.
Garcés explained that the protest would be peaceful but aims to urge the national government to listen to the miners and understand that 70 percent of the people engaged in this activity are not criminals and have relied on mining their whole lives.
In the past, Colombian government has been criticized for allegedly persecuting small-scale miners as part of a crack down on illegal mining activity, while favoring multinational corporations, who have been granted the right to exploit Colombian land.
Garces also announced that a national strike had been planned for July, 17 following a meeting Saturday in Medellin.
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