For Some Mysterious Reason, U.S. Media Not Covering Student-Led Anti-Government Strikes In Colombia


[Editor’s note: The U.S. media is focused like a laser on anti-government actions against Venezuela’s socialist government. Never mind that whatever the government’s defects, these actions are paid for and sponsored by the Trump administration. Meanwhile, students in Colombia have been at the forefront of a wave of strikes against the right-wing regime of Iván Duque Márquez, a protege of former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, The latter is a corrupt, murderous thug long supported by successive U.S. governments.

For some reason, the U.S. media can’t be bothered to cover the Colombian protests, which have been going since on Duque took office in a rigged vote in 2018. The protests have been led by students but they have been joined by indigenous people, teachers, workers and others who reject the government’s neoliberal economic policies and steep budget cuts. The Duque government has responded with violence against demonstrators. We at Washington Babylon are pleased to publish these photographs by Melissa Romero Martinez, who has been covering the protests.]

“El aburrimiento surge cuando el conformismo domina.” — Ross

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Melissa Romero Martinez is a photographer living in Colombia who one day plans to live in the land of ghosts. She likes, among other things, Joy Division, Charles Bukowski and dogs.