Some 2,500 Indians, peasants and miners set up a camp in the municipality of Barbosa, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the northwestern city of Medellin so that they could join a general strike in Colombia's agricultural sector, spokesmen for the movement said Monday.
Melkin Castrillon told Efe by telephone from Barbosa that the demonstrators are planning various actions, such as organizing a caravan to Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city and capital of Antioquia province.
"We're proposing some patriotic caravans for peace, going from town to town and arriving at Medellin to tell the people what the strike is and inviting other sectors like the unions, taxi drivers, moto-taxi drivers and businessmen to join the strike," said Castrillon.
He did not rule out that the protesters might block the access road from the Caribbean coast to Medellin although he said that such a move, at present, is not among the movement's plans.
The demonstrators are asking local authorities for solutions to problems in the housing, health and aqueduct sectors and are asking the national government to implement the Peasant Reserve Zones.
The Barbosa camp was set up on Saturday and, Castrillon said, peasants, Indians and miners from northeastern Antioquia came to it to get away from the threats of right-wing militias. EFE