One month ago university students in Colombia launched mass, indefinite national strike to stop the proposed reform of Law 30. This 'reform' would have deepened the role of private finance and given bankers effective control over educational decisions at nominally public sector universities.
Commentators say the student movement has returned as force not seen since the 1970s.
The strike culminated in mass protests involving up to some 550,000 students last Thursday 10 November. On Friday the Colombian government has backed down and offered to withdraw the proposed law, for now.
This is a momentous victory for students and staff working together, and a huge step forward in the global struggle against privatisation and austerity.
Carlos Gonzalez, a leader of the higher education workers union SINTRAUNICOL and human rights campaigner Berenice Celeyta will be speaking in London this Thursday, 17 November.
The London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development and environmental groups. We pledge to expose the role of companies, funders and government in the promotion of unacceptable mining projects.