Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Understanding the Free Trade Agreement and the current protests in Colombia

The paro, or strike, began in large part due to the Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) – the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – and his question implied that the two were intimately related. As the American working at and being paid by the university, and by both the Colombian and U.S. governments, he (rightfully) expected me to know about my countries’ policies and have an opinion about it, but embarrassingly, I had no idea how to respond.

On August 29, I was finally able to physically see the extent of these protests and of the current political situation in Colombia. All over the city center in Bogotá, I saw signs and writing on the walls, expressing discontent towards the United States and the FTA, while more than 300,000 people – mostly youth – took to the streets in solidarity with the farmers and to protest policies on higher education.

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