The head of state stated that today streets and squares were filled expressing support for the Government’s reforms.
The march on September 27 was criticized by various political, business and social sectors, as it was called by the president himself, Gustavo Petro, and financed with public money from taxpayers’ pockets, to support his reforms and, in especially to him, as head of state.
The massive attendance was from indigenous people belonging to Cric and Onic, organizations that have received juicy contracts worth more than $118,000 million, from different ministries, as revealed by Semana magazine.
‘We mobilize for life’ was the opportunity for thousands and thousands of workers, students, teachers, peasants, women, indigenous people, Afro people, leaders and social groups to turn to raise their voices and shout their support for the reforms promoted by the Government of Change, to demonstrate for the right to health, education, peace, decent work, an old-age pension, and a healthy environment, said President Petro.
It is known that the logistics used for the concert in the Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá cost more than $263 million. It is not yet known how much artistic groups such as Aterciopelados, La 33, La Pacifican Power, Rap Bang Club, Plu con Plá, Ácido Pantera, Raúl Numerao, Toño Arnedo, among others, earned.
“Emotion of the ministers”
According to the press office of the Casa de Nariño, “the ministers and senior officials of the Government of Change also expressed their excitement about the citizen support for the reforms that are passing through Congress and that promote the transformation of the country.”
“If we assume care as a way of life we can be together in dissent. Only a mature society in the face of conflict is prepared for peace, said Estanislao Zuleta,” declared the Minister of Culture, Juan David Correa.
We are advancing with discipline in the study of more than 400 health reform proposals and we do not rule out that next week it will be processed in its second debate, was the prediction of the Minister of Health, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo.
For the Minister of Mines and Energy, Andrés Camacho, the reform of the Mining Code seeks to ensure that this activity adjusts to water and environmental protection policies.
The head of the Labor Ministry, Gloria Inés Ramírez, declared that the mobilization for life is a call from Colombians to Congress to advance initiatives such as pension and labor reforms that will change the history of the country.
“We are moved by agrarian reform, we are moved by the popular demand for land, that promise that for a hundred years the Colombian State has not granted to the peasantry, nor to the ethnic peoples, we are moved by the heart that unites us with the grassroots. popular,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Jhenifer Mojica.
According to the Minister of Sciences, Yesenia Olaya, “the National Agreement is achieved through a great dialogue of knowledge in which science, technology and education guarantee the rights of all Colombians.”
The ministers and other senior officials of the Petro Government, more than leadership by the sectors they direct, what they have shown is pure political activism.
In Bolívar Square, President Gustavo Petro told the protesters: “You are the central objective of our policies and that is why we work so that you live better.”
Protecting life, both nature and human beings, is what gives meaning to the work of the Government of Change. Inequality and poverty threaten life, so this mobilization is for change. Change is fundamental to save lives in Colombia and we want to make it a reality, he said.
The head of state referred to some of the reforms. He highlighted that Shakira hit the nail on the head in her last song, because what we want in the labor reform is that there be no exploitation or harassment: “Work must be decent, it must have a decent day and give days of rest and opportunity to the worker.” to hug his family and his children.”
Educational reform is for young people to be able to enter university and for education to be a right and not a privilege. And the pension reform is simple: it seeks to ensure that the old man and the old woman can have a bowl of soup and a place of decent housing where they do not die alone, he stressed.
“What there is is strength and popular affection and with that affection we go as far as the people want,” said President Petro when the rain had subsided and the carnival continued in the square on this memorable day in which we mobilize for life. .
Without a doubt, this march sought to pressure the Congress of the Republic to approve, without changes, the reforms of the Petro Government. In this regard, the country was left waiting.