Elaine Meinel Supkis
Instead of losing everything, forced to flee their homes and become illegal labor, Mexican workers living in Mexico are in a full scale battle with the police and the State as they fight the dire market forces of Free Trade which means they get less and less pay even as inflation ravages lower income people! In Nepal, many die in open battle against the right wing/American tool evil king who may have engineered the assassination of the previous royal family.
By Monica Medel 20 minutes ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hundreds of Mexican police stormed a major steel plant on Thursday to force out striking workers in a violent clash that spilled onto the streets and left three workers dead.
Two of the dead were shot and the other was crushed as tussles between steel workers and police with riot gear and shields at the Sicartsa complex, which has been closed for three weeks by workers defending a union boss whom the government accuses of graft.
Dozens more were injured when some 600 police moved in firing tear gas canisters early in the morning at the plant in the western state of Michoacan, officials said.
They are fighting. Unlike factory workers here, they are fighting. They are dying. Unlike so many here who bid each other lower and lower as wages collapse in the face of the flat earth New World Order, others in other countries are standing together and fighting and if we stand with them, we, too, will perhaps gain something---international worker solidarity means supporting union actions in other lands, supporting them here, the unions in America became very reactionary over the years, anxious to appear "patriotic", they ended up in a dark alley where they were mugged.
It is particularily odd to see the famously corrupt Polizia and the ruling party of Mexico going after a union for "corruption." Unions can be "corrupt" if all other systems are "corrupt." There is no ideal state of being whereby everyone plays by the rules especially when the rulers set ridiculous rules that pretty much makes their own corruption, legal.
The Villacero steel company briefly regained control of its Sicartsa complex as strikers were pushed out but it later said workers were again blocking the plant and it was unlikely to reopen on Friday.
The union said President Vicente Fox had "blood on his hands" and demanded an investigation into the violence.
Ever hear of "Don't tread on me" or "Live free or die" or "Give me liberty or give me death"? I see that sort of stuff on license plates here in the Northeast. Seems there are people, outside America, who suscribe to these ideas which we give lip service but are too terrified of what they really mean.
The police arrived quietly in the early hours of Thursday, some of them landing by boat behind the plant, at Lazaro Cardenas port, according to a local reporter.
People living nearby -- some still in their pajamas -- came out to support the steel workers, firing catapults, blocking roads and burning vehicles. Two buses and a police car were set alight, the reporter said.
"The national union strongly condemns the use of violence to resolve labor conflicts. The strike action at the Lazaro Cardenas (Sicartsa) plant is legitimate," the union said in a statement.
Bless the people, they are not being spooked into leaving the country, they are fighting for their rights and their labors. And I hope they win.
By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: April 20, 2006
KATMANDU, Nepal, April 20 — The royal government of Nepal struggled mightily to dam a tide of pro-democracy protest today. But it broke through anyway, as emissaries from Nepal's most vital ally, India, met with King Gyanendra in a bid to defuse a hardening political impasse.
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Today's demonstrations, which the government tried to head off with an 18-hour curfew, from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m., brought out tens of thousands of protesters to rallies, big and small, in several pockets on the edges of the heavily fortified city center. The vocal crowds resembled a carnival in some places, but in others violence broke out.
The deadliest event came at midday in a neighborhood called Kalanki, where security forces fired on the crowd, killing three people and injuring as many as 100, according to officials at two city hospitals where the wounded were treated. Two of the dead appeared to have been shot in the head by live bullets, a hospital official said.
"We are people of the 21st century," shouted Prakash Muni Dahal, 60, a teacher who broke curfew to join the throngs on the streets. "We will rule our country."
In Nepal, it is going from bad to hideous as the people valiantly battle the noxious, (murderous) king who has, with the blessings of the CIA and America, taken total control of his brother's once pleasant kingdom and is flattening it with a steamroller. The country is in full rebellion. Many professors were arrested yesterday, every day, there are street battles, blood is running in the streets, the photos are amazing, they are now waving communist flags and we keep forgetting here a simple truth: power to the people, workers of the world unite, all the old slogans are reborn, in blood. People are dying, they are fighting the New World Order's flat earth/flat income for workers plan! Those who are fighting this disorderly Order are our brothers and sisters. And we can reach across borders to support their struggles for if THEY can raise THEIR wages, so can WE!
What a novel idea!
The race to the bottom has to become a race to the finish, the world's rich are getting fabulously rich while the workers are becoming dreadfully poor. The rich have the powers that be but the workers have themselves and many selves is strength but only when people believe they have to stand their ground.
Unions in America have rendered themselves helpless. They can't sit around, waiting for nice laws to pass. They must do what workers always do: push for change, stop the destruction of the industrial base! America has virtually no industrial base left! Patriots should be frightened to death by this! Our rulers leave our doors open to attackers and they have rendered us vulnerable to everyone and anyone who wants to oppress us and our oppressors....well!