The first indigenous representatives had already arrived on Thursday to join the massive anti-government protests that had been in swing since the students’ first national strike a week before.
The ancestral guards’ arrival
On Friday, a larger group of ancestral indigenous guards arrived at the National University, in the center of the capital, where they hope to be heard about the mass killing of their leaders.
Residents of Bogota welcomed the native Colombians as the “chivas”, traditional buses, entered the city.
— BLA CHAT Movimiento Político (@_BlaChaNoticias) November 29, 2019
The native Colombians’ were received even more enthusiastically by students, who have been organizing the strike since early October and received the support from native Colombian organization ONIC early this month.
The indigenous guards from the southwestern Cauca province joined the initiative because of a sharp increase in ethnic violence that followed the election of Duque, who is supported by the far-right.
— sebastian Fernández (@sebastianfdzg) November 29, 2019
— Colombia Informa (@Col_Informa) November 29, 2019
Paying tribute to student killed by police
Following their arrival, the indigenous guards and student protesters marched to the place where police killed a student protester last week to jointly pay tribute.
#AEstaHora la Guardia Indígena y estudiantes de Bogotá se toma. Las calles de la capital exigiendo que se caiga el Paquetazo Neoliberal de Duque y realice cambios para una Colombia en Paz.#29NParoNacional pic.twitter.com/IpJt6FfGyT
— Feliciano Valencia ? (@FelicianoValen) November 29, 2019
— CRIC Colombia Cauca (@CRIC_Cauca) November 30, 2019
— Luz Marina López (@koskita) November 29, 2019
A joint manifestation at Bogota’s central square was impeded, this time not by riot police but by one of the capital’s infamous rainstorms.
— BluRadio Colombia (@BluRadioCo) November 29, 2019
Meanwhile in the rest of Bogota and Colombia
The protests that entered their 10th day on Saturday also continued in other parts of Bogota and Colombia.
Despite the heavy rains, also in the Parque de los Hippies, protests continued.
(1/2) #29NParoNacional Day 9 of Colombian protests saw La Guardia Indígena marching with a big crowd from Un Nacional to the centre of #Bogotá. Meanwhile Pq Hippies survived the downpour well and continued with their punk concert #29NElParoSigue pic.twitter.com/N7fHzH81XM
— Lukas Kapunkt (@LukasKapunkt) November 29, 2019
Soy hincha del A. Nacional, y todo hincha del Nacional que se respete, siempre quiere ver perder al América de Cali, pero esta vez haré una excepción y los apoyaré para q ganen su 14va estrella
Que lindo que el Paro nos haga decir este tipo de cosas y nos una como nación. pic.twitter.com/IF85Y925lo
— Físico Impuro??® (@FisicoImpuro) November 29, 2019
Also outside Cali’s football stadium, protests continue unabated.
— León (@alekos0318) November 30, 2019
In Medellin, football fans embarked on a musical protest, singing a variation of Italian folk song “Bella Ciao”, which became the anti-fascist hymn during the reign of dictator Benito Mussolini before and during World War II and has become an “anti-uribista” hymn in Colombia.
— Manu ?? (@mannuelafpe) November 29, 2019
Also elsewhere in Medellin, the stomping ground of Uribe, marches continued.
— LuisA CardonA (@Lumacalo) November 30, 2019
The persistent protests appear to be creating serious cracks in the minority coalition of the broadly rejected Duque administration, which has refused to negotiate with the strike leaders who demand that the president withdraw controversial economic policies and implement peace policies.
Meanwhile, local committees throughout Colombia have begun organizing a new national strike for Monday, in an attempt to force the government to listen to the people.