This video says about itself:
Procession honoring 51 murdered trade union activists in Colombia.
Organizations and individuals opposed to Colombia FTA pay tribute to union activists killed in 2010.
By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future in the USA:
Republicans Cheer Murders of Colombian Labor Leaders
Tuesday 27 September 2011
Hundreds of executions in Texas — Republican crowd cheers.
An uninsured person in a coma — Republican crowd shouts “Let him die!”
And now, labor leaders murdered in Colombia — Republicans say “A good start…”
See the comments under an article at The Hill about how many labor leaders have been killed in Colombia — 15 since the US signed on to a treaty: AFL-CIO President Trumka sends list of killed Colombian labor leaders to Obama – TheHill.com
Republicans are swarming the comments. Example:
“What do you call a list of 22 dead labor leaders?
A good start…”
BY TEA PARTY PATRIOT on 09/26/2011 at 15:35
And trust me, it isn’t just this one comment over there… go see before they take it down. …
“so Columbia [sic] is doing a good job of getting rid of vermin why is this cause for concern?”
BY HOLYMAN on 09/26/2011 at 15:35
“I wonder if those killing the labor slugs in Colombia can outsource that work here.”
BY CANUCK on 09/26/2011 at 19:00
“Could we get them to do it here? There are more than enough union thug bosses already.”
BY DAVID on 09/27/2011 at 10:52
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday that the Colombian government has made “virtually no progress” in bringing the killers of trade unionists to justice: here.
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British armed forces-Colombian armed forces links: here.
Former Colombian general Mauricio Santoyo Velasco was arraigned in a US court on charges of taking bribes from drugs cartels today: here.
Indigenous Nasa people angry at being forced to live in the crossfire of Colombia’s long-running civil conflict jeered President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday: here.
Public sector workers and students strike, march in cities throughout Colombia
Public sector workers and students carried out protest actions in Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla and other locales throughout Colombia on October 7. The strikes, marches and rallies were convoked by the CUT and CGT labor federations and by student organizations to call attention to issues confronting Colombian workers and students.
One is the increasing use of casual laborers (tercerizados) to provide services formerly performed by public sector workers. Another is the passage of the Free Trade Agreement with the US, currently awaiting approval in the Colombian congress. Demands around health care, job security, collective bargaining and human rights also figure in the protests.
In Bogota, about 6,000 protesters marched “to protest because the government has not fulfilled its promise to expedite a decree that would guarantee collective bargaining in the public sector and eradicate hiring of workers indirectly,” according to El Universal.
Supposedly out of fear of potential violence, Bogota’s mayor deployed over 1,500 police to the protest march, which was peaceful, and eventually dispersed because of a heavy downpour of rain. Colombia is notorious for the impunity with which paramilitary groups carry out the murder and disappearance of trade unionists and other activists. Twenty-two unionists have been killed so far this year.
The students’ participation in the march was connected to this state of affairs, since 16 of the murdered union figures were in the education sector. In addition to their denunciation of the violence against workers, the students protested “reforms” that would push toward privatization of education.
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