On 17 October, in response to the government's failure to appear, 150
miners from different villages and communities in Southern Bolivar
marched to Cartagena and occupied the headquarters of the Secretariat
of Mining.Â They were prepared to stay there until the government
rescheduled its meeting with them in Santa Rosa, and demanded that it
do so by 20 October.Â The miners promised that if the government did
not respond, 10,000 people would march in Barrancabermeja.