Thousands of public school teachers took to the streets of Bogota for the second consecutive day of a national strike on Friday.
Footage shows the educators marching through the streets of the Colombian capital holding banners and signs and calling out violence against teachers, which according to the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) claimed the lives of 14 teachers in 2019.
The strike has been called against a backdrop of rising violence against teachers and social leaders, with teachers also demanding the government stick to agreements to increase education funding as well as improving benefits for educators.
The protesters called on Colombian President Ivan Duque’s government to honour previous agreements with Thursday’s action preceding a general strike called for by unions and student organisations for 25 March, 2020.
The country’s largest teachers’ union, the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) stated that up to 300,000 educators throughout the country are participating in the strike – affecting classes for seven million students.