Colombia: from the streets to ballot boxes
The legislative elections ratified Colombia’s gradual shift towards the center left since the 2016 Peace Agreement. The political system has been strained by a social conflict whose escape valve was the protests of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
We knew it was going to happen, but we didn’t know when. The street would once again make itself felt in a country that is not used to doing so: protest has been a verb that is suspected of having affinities with the guerrillas, and Colombians are characterized by resilience, an attitude that is indispensable for surviving Macondo’s tragic realism.