Saturday, November 3, 2012
I have written various past posts on the student movement and especially the protests that brought Colombian higher education to a standstill last year. In the aftermath of this general strike that lasted more than a month, there was some interesting commentary on how the student movement had evolved from unorganized bouts of violence to a coherent civic movement. I don't know if I believe this. I hope it's true, but at the university I work at I still see a seething ferment of resentment and the youthful drive to destroy. In fact, recently in some universities of Colombia there have been masked students throwing homemade bombs again, and even short-lived student strikes.
At any rate, here is a link to a group that calls itself the Student Coordinator of Rural Affairs, which I believe has been behind a number of interesting recent marches to affirm popular sovereignty in many areas. It seems a bit like a group of urban elite students who see fit to bend rural affairs to their leftist wishes, which is a common problem with left-wing groups. But their hearts are in the right place.