One of the backbones of democracy is conflict. Humans are conflictive by nature, not violent, and democracy, through political parties, institutions and a whole regulatory cast of freedoms, guarantees, rights and duties, channels conflicts and resolves them in an institutionalized manner. However, in Colombia this does not happen.
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.