Last winter, campesinos in Colombia organized a strike to protest poor wages and beg for government assistance. The coffee growers, who make almost no profit on their crops, lead the strike. They blocked roads and disrupted life, especially in the Cauca province, where Popayan is the capital. My birthplace was isolated from the rest of the country, unable to export the milk, meat, and fruits and vegetables. Unable to import gasoline or medical supplies. The strike ended with a few concessions on each side.
Now, this month agriculture workers are staging another strike. Same issues, but the workers have expanded. Again, they are blocking parts of the Pan-American Highway to demonstrate their frustrations. For more, follow #paroagrario on Twitter.