Students from Universidad Pedagógica have joined in protests with teachers union, Federación Nacional de Educadores (Fecode) in Bogota. Fecode went on indefinite strike and called for massive mobilizations. Marches have been ongoing and protests on April 29 & 30 were repressed by riot cops and tear gas.
April 22, 2015
April 23, 2015
Marcha de los estudiantes de la pedagógica. pic.twitter.com/27ButUj2Jn
— CJGC (@CamiloG_) April 23, 2015
The teachers have made several complaints to the Minister of Education, Gina Parody, including low salaries, poor health conditions, and lack of promotion. They have also asked for the implementation of a third grade in the area of preschool.
April 27, 2015
Teachers were asked to return to their activities and open negotiations. They initially declined and continued with peaceful protests in Bogota, but announced April 30 that Fecode has agreed to open a dialog.
Protests on April 29 & 30 were repressed by ESMAD riot cops who tear gassed students wearing masks that were blocking traffic. Several videos with loud explosions have been uploaded to YouTube:
April 29, 2015
April 30, 2015
The school rector, Adolfo Leon said “around 70 encapuchados (people with masks) participated in riots and noted that although the sitation is under control, academic activities were suspended until Monday.”
No word yet on injuries or arrests from protests in Bogota but we will update here when we find more info.