Teachers are planning what they are calling a 'takeover of Bogota' - the capital of Colombia - tomorrow. They are in the second day of their strike, which they say they will call off tomorrow only if the government responds to their demands. Apart from the government's drive towards the privatisation of education, it also owes teachers millions dollars in unpaid increments which had been promised to them.

300,000 teachers in public schools are taking part in the strike, according to the National Labour School. However the teachers will not restrict themselves to striking. Together with students they will organise 'marches, demonstrations in cities, symbolic sit-ins, presentation of demands to mayors and governors and political and cultural activities'.

Teachers in Colombia need support from teachers all over the world. In an important and shocking document, available on the Education International website, Dr Mario Novelli sets out the numbers of human rights violations against, in particular, teacher activists in Colombia. Between 1999 and 2005, 1,174 trade unionists were murdered in the world - the vast majority were Colombian (816) and more than half of those were teachers (416). Novelli says: "While these figures are indeed shocking they represent only a partial representation of the nature and scale of violence, death threats, forced disappearances and displacement that the education community in Colombia continues to endure on a daily basis."

The teachers and students are not alone. Farmers too are fighting the privatisation of land, as are local communities. According to the Reuters new agency: "My purchase power is zero, it's only enough to survive," said Orlando Pamo, 50, an indigenous father of six from central Tolima province who earns less than the minimum wage farming citrus and other fruits. "The government wants us off the land so it can be given to big business. We don't get the benefits companies get."

To read more background go to the EI report and here.