Workers resist clampdown on protests by gov’t in Chile

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
Road blocked by some of 500 workers in 43-day strike at Promasa, a lumber company in Los Ángeles, Chile, one of number of recent strikes and protests. Mass anti-government protests that began in October “are going to explode again soon,” union leader at Holdtech strike predicted.

“The company, the supervisors, the government authorities, the police, the virus and the rain are all against us,” said Claudio Higueras Osorio, union president and one of nearly 500 workers on strike at Promasa, a lumber company in Los Ángeles,…

From Panama to El Salvador workers fight for jobs, relief

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

Capitalist rulers across Latin America are using coronavirus outbreaks in their countries as a pretext to attack the wages, living conditions and political rights of working people. From Chile to Panama to El Salvador these attacks are meeting resistance as…

Protests in Chile demand end to attacks by gov’t, capitalist rulers

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
Union contingent of Walmart workers at Oct. 23 march in Santiago, Chile, part of nationwide general strike protesting low wages, woefully inadequate pensions and health care.

Pro-business pundits used to call Chile the “Latin American tiger,” which they attributed to its rulers’ embrace of the capitalist free market, “fiscal responsibility” and openness to imperialist penetration. Eduardo Frei, president in much of the 1990s, even privatized the…

Protests in Colombia, Chile resist government attacks

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Days after hundreds of thousands of union workers, students, indigenous and farmers joined anti-government actions across Colombia, protests and strikes continued in Bogota Nov. 25.

A wave of protests by working people is shaking capitalist regimes from Chile to Ecuador to Colombia today. And they are a challenge to Washington’s progress in asserting its imperialist sway in the hemisphere.  New governments elected in Ecuador and…

Youth, unions protest government attacks in Chile

Vol. 83/No. 40 - November 4, 2019

Student protests, which began in Chile Oct. 5 over a government 30 pesos hike (41 cents) in public transit fares, grew into nationwide mass demonstrations by Oct. 19, paralyzing cities from Santiago, the capital, to Osorno, above. Placard reads: “They…

Mass Hong Kong protest demands political rights

Beijing searches for way to tamp down actions
Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019
Throngs fill streets in peaceful protest in Hong Kong Aug. 18 in largest action in two months.

In defiance of Beijing’s threats, some 1.7 million people rallied in Hong Kong Aug. 18 to demand greater political rights and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Beijing is exerting its leverage on companies in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory,…

17,000 workers strike Walmart in Chile over wages, job security

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Walmart workers picket in Santiago, Chile, July 10, part of strike by 17,000 members of SIL union for better wages, and against job cuts and speedup. Sign reads, “No more abuses.”

Some 17,000 unionized workers across Chile went on strike against Walmart July 10. It is “the largest private sector strike in decades” in the country, Telesur TV News reported.  The strike vote was organized June 25-27 by Sindicato Interempresa Líder…