Colombia mobilizes: A unanimous cry of discontent against Petro’s reforms


This Sunday, April 21, Colombia will witness a major demonstration that could mark a milestone in its recent history. Citizens from all walks of life, including political leaders, health professionals, and transport workers, have decided to come together to express their rejection of the reforms proposed by the government of Gustavo Petro. The protest, dubbed by some as the “March of the White Coats,” reflects a widespread and growing dissatisfaction with the current government policies.

A major protest

The mobilization was initially driven by opposition political parties, but quickly garnered support from various guilds and notable figures. Among them are Juan Manuel Galán, leader of the New Liberalism Party, and Alejandro Gaviria, former Minister of Education, who have expressed their discontent with the direction the executive is taking, especially with regard to health system reforms. Juan Daniel Oviedo, another prominent critic, has mentioned the contradictions in governmental management as one of the main reasons for protesting.

Health at the heart of controversy

The health sector is one of the most vocally affected, where a “march of white coats” has been called. Professionals and associations such as the Colombian Association of Scientific Societies have highlighted the system’s deficiencies, emphasizing the need to consider human talent in the proposed reforms. This sector, essential for the nation’s well-being, demands a change that truly benefits both patients and healthcare workers.

Transporters and other guilds join

The protest also has the support of the transportation sector, represented by Henry Cárdenas of Fedetranscarga, who has emphasized the need for policies that benefit all Colombian workers. Road safety and labor guarantees are issues that this guild wants to bring to the center of the national discussion.

A reflection of national discontent

The protest is not only a reflection of discontent with certain policies but also an indicator of broader societal concerns. The health system crisis, along with controversial proposals such as the National Constituent Assembly and the management of public order, have heightened tensions. The failure of the health reform and the subsequent intervention of the country’s largest EPS are seen as indicative of management that many consider deficient.

A political future in the balance

This demonstration is not just an expression of disagreement but also a critical moment to evaluate the country’s political direction. With a notable drop in the president’s favorability ratings, according to recent surveys, April 21 could be a crucial barometer of national sentiment and a possible harbinger of the political challenges Petro’s government will face in the future.

In summary, the mobilization on April 21 is more than a protest; it is a call for a national dialogue on the future of Colombia. With a diversity of voices united in their criticism, the country is preparing for a day that could define the course of its politics in the coming years.