South and Central America

Brazilian stadium turned into field hospital as ruling class closes ranks behind corporate bailouts

By Miguel Andrade, 1 April 2020

Shocking images of stadiums transformed into concentration camps for the sick and dying stand in stark contrast to Bolsonaro’s criminal denial of the seriousness of the pandemic.

Peruvian president authorizes military to use lethal force to enforce the national quarantine

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020

A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.

Hunger increased by quarantines leads to protests across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 31 March 2020

Roadblocks, raids of supermarkets and mass quarantine violations by desperate workers forced to work and find food are spreading across the poorest neighborhoods of Latin America.

Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2020

Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens dictatorship over COVID-19 crisis

By Miguel Andrade, 27 March 2020

Leading Brazilian businessmen have terrorized workers with threats of “40 million unemployed” unless state quarantines are lifted.

“We are not going to die in our cubicles!” – Wildcat strikes erupt at call centers across Brazil

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

Workers have rebelled against unsafe conditions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging transnational corporations like AlmaViva.

Peru deploys army in the streets to enforce COVID-19 curfew

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 26 March 2020

The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.

Twenty-three die in Colombia prison revolt over coronavirus conditions

By Julian James, 24 March 2020

Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.

Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 March 2020

Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.

Growing anger among Brazilian workers to response of government and unions to coronavirus crisis

By Tomas Castanheira, 20 March 2020

In the Brazilian auto plants, the life of the workers is being put at risk on a daily basis to ensure that the corporations continue to extract profits.

Hospitals lack water, power, masks

IMF denies loan to Venezuela as it braces for COVID-19

By Andrea Lobo, 19 March 2020

The loan request is only the latest appeal by the Maduro government for foreign finance and signal to world finance capital that it will defend profit interests.

Bolsonaro tells workers to work or starve as COVID-19 spreads in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 18 March 2020

After personally participating in a fascistic demonstration in defense of his government, Bolsonaro made clear his intention to defend the markets at the expense of the lives of Brazilian workers.

Coronavirus overwhelms mitigation measures across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 13 March 2020

The late and deficient response by the Latin American ruling elite is being overwhelmed because it is guided by efforts to cover up, not address, the inequalities in access to testing and health care.

After ending oil workers strike in Brazil, union approves plant closure and layoffs

By Tomas Castanheira, 12 March 2020

Instead of "resuming the historic strike," as they had promised, the unions told workers to accept layoffs.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro signs military pact with Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2020

The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.

Teachers in Mexico block major railway as government deploys National Guard

By Andrea Lobo, 9 March 2020

The response by President López Obrador to the blockades is directed at suppressing any struggles by teachers and other workers against social austerity and capitalist exploitation.

Brazil: Amid brutal police repression, São Paulo government passes state pension reform

By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 7 March 2020

The attack was carried out with the complicity of the teachers union and after Workers Party governments in the northeast of Brazil passed their own pension reforms.

Clash between Bolsonaro and Congress deepens crisis of capitalist rule in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 6 March 2020

The Bolsonaro government’s break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule—like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India—is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.

Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 March 2020

More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding

In alliance with Workers’ Party, Bolsonaro sends Brazilian army to contain police strike

By Tomas Castanheira, 27 February 2020

Bolsonaro’s use of the army for domestic repression and his granting troops a license to kill with impunity are in continuity with policies pursued by the PT when it was in power.

Brazilian oil workers’ unions shut down strike to “negotiate” with Labor Court

By Gabriel Lemos, 25 February 2020

The oil workers union federations ended the three-week strike at state-owned oil giant Petrobras just as it threatened to impact Brazil’s economy.

Two impoverished teenagers die working in an illegal Peruvian mine

By Cesar Uco, 25 February 2020

The deaths of the 14- and 17-year-old brothers of gas poisoning in the mine are part of a nationwide toll from the exploitation of workers in illegal and unsafe mines.

Brazilian Army general takes over as Bolsonaro’s chief of staff

By Tomas Castanheira, 21 February 2020

The Brazilian military now holds 9 of 22 cabinet seats—including all of those with offices in the Planalto presidential palace—and has gained a presence in practically every ministry.

Peronism leans on the pseudo-left FIT-U to implement IMF austerity in Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 19 February 2020

Facing growing popular anger, the Peronist parties and unions are relying on the Left Workers Front-Unity (FIT-U) to prevent workers from mobilizing independently against IMF austerity.

British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 February 2020

An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.

Peruvian students protest threatened shutdown of private universities

By Cesar Uco, 17 February 2020

Thirty-nine private universities and two graduate schools failed to meet basic educational standards, threatening 166,000 students with being thrown in the street.

Salvadoran soldiers invade Congress as president warns of imminent “social explosion”

By Andrea Lobo, 11 February 2020

President Bukele’s plan is aimed at preparing to violently crush opposition against the poverty and inequality that gives rise to gangs.

As Brazilian oil workers’ strike grows, Labor Court rules it “abusive”

By Gabriel Lemos, 11 February 2020

The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.

Strike by Mexican Autonomous University staff in Oaxaca

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 February 2020

Staff at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University at Oaxaca have been on strike since February 1 over salaries, retirement and other issues.

More killed as poll shows half of Chile has joined protests

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020

The demonstrations last week, as well as the ongoing walkouts at high schools signal a still latent social explosion.

Finnish paper and forestry workers continue stoppage; one-day public sector strike across Portugal; wildcat strike at South Africa Toyota in Durban

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 February 2020

Some 15,000 Finnish forestry and paper workers have extended their strike while public sector workers struck across Portugal and South Africa Toyota workers struck over the withholding of bonuses.

Brazil’s Workers Party advances austerity policies in unity with Bolsonaro

By Tomas Castanheira, 5 February 2020

The PT, which promotes itself as a representative of the “left”, in fact constitutes one of the greatest threats to the Brazilian working class, alongside Bolsonaro.

Lavrov tours Latin America as Pentagon brands Russia, China as “malign actors”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2020

Lavrov’s three-nation visit to Latin America comes on the heels of a tour of former Soviet republics by US Secretary of State Pompeo dedicated to denouncing Russia and China.

Brazilian oil workers strike against mass layoffs, privatization threat

By Gabriel Lemos, 4 February 2020

The strike at the state-owned giant Petrobras comes amid strikes by other sections of public sector workers against Bolsonaro’s privatization program.

Six children die from hunger and tainted water in Argentina’s Salta Province

By Rafael Azul, 3 February 2020

The death of the six children in Salta Province is the tip of the iceberg in a social crisis producing illness and death in Argentina.

Peronists vote unanimously to invite US troops into Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 1 February 2020

The unanimous support of the Peronist ruling coalition provides undeniable evidence of the subordination of all factions of the Argentine ruling class to US imperialism.

Crisis election in Peru yields fractured Congress

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2020

Traditional parties that have dominated Peruvian politics for decades were left without a single seat, while no party succeeded in capturing more than 10 percent of the ballots.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro government charges journalist Glenn Greenwald with “cybercrimes”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2020

The trumped-up charges against Greenwald by Bolsonaro’s fascistic government are of a piece with the global assault on free speech and democratic rights and the jailing of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Brazil’s minister of culture fired after fascist speech plagiarizing Joseph Goebbels

By Tomas Castanheira, 22 January 2020

Alvim delivered his speech flanked by a Brazilian flag and a cross and with a Wagner opera that was reportedly Hitler’s favorite playing in the background.

Venezuela’s Maduro offers Trump a “win-win” bargain

By Andrea Lobo, 21 January 2020

In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president “suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies” if the White House ends sanctions.

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe linked to international drug trafficking through Sinaloa Cartel

By Julian James, 16 January 2020

The charges against Uribe expose Colombia’s “war on drugs,” like that of the US, as a smokescreen for government criminality and a pretext for violence against the population.

Bolsonaro backs Trump in war on Iran, while Workers’ Party appeals to Brazilian military

By Tomas Castanheira, 15 January 2020

Brazil’s fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the first to defend Washington’s assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleiman.

Texas becomes the first state to refuse refugee resettlement

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 January 2020

An order issued by Trump in September precludes non-governmental and non-profit organizations from resettling refugees without the consent of state and local governments.

Fascist group carries out terrorist attack in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 January 2020

The Bolsonaro government, which denounces every form of social protest as “terrorism”, has remained silent about the firebombing, signaling tacit support for fascist violence.

Brazilian Workers Party joins Bolsonaro in imposing austerity, repressing strikes

By Tomas Castanheira, 27 December 2019

Relying on police brutality, Brazilian state governments, led by the PT, are imposing pension “reforms” that all but prevent workers from retiring.

São Paulo Ford plant closure exposes Brazilian union as agent of capitalist “restructuring”

By Brunna Machado, 17 December 2019

The Ford plant closure follows a series of similar union-imposed defeats that have radically changed the Brazilian auto industry.

Bolivian trade union confederation enters far-right coup regime

By Andrea Lobo, 17 December 2019

Following massacres of workers and peasants and amid the continued hunting down of protest leaders and indigenous people, the COB’s decision is a criminal betrayal of the working class.

Ontario Teachers plan third one-day strike; Mexican housing agency workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 December 2019

High school teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are planning another partial strike December 18 while workers at Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers in Mexico City have carried out a one-day strike.

Brazilian Workers Party backs Bolsonaro’s draconian “anti-crime” bill

By Miguel Andrade, 11 December 2019

The vote has shattered the year-long claim by Bolsonaro’s opposition that it represents some kind of democratic “resistance”.

Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2019

The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.

Colombian trade unions working with President Duque to shut down national strike movement

By Evan Blake, 6 December 2019

Despite brutal police repression, tens of thousands carried out a third national strike on Wednesday in Colombia.

Pompeo vows intervention against “riots” in Washington’s “own backyard”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2019

Immediately following Pompeo’s provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.

Coup regime in Bolivia announces “final phase of pacification”

By Andrea Lobo, 2 December 2019

Bolivian workers, peasants and youth have resisted with enormous bravery, while the MAS and trade unions have submitted to the coup.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

Chile paralyzed by third national strike amid mounting threats of dictatorship

By Andrea Lobo, 27 November 2019

The trade unions are using intermittent strikes to wear down the social upsurge, just as they have done in betraying every major class action since the Pinochet dictatorship.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro launches chauvinistic “green and yellow” youth employment program to foster “competitiveness”

By Tomas Castanheira, 26 November 2019

While draping the program in the national colors, Bolsonaro himself has admitted that its aim is to “reduce labor costs” in order to attract investment.

Leaked audio of top Colombian officials exposes failure of US coup operation in Venezuela

By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2019

The picture that emerges is that of a US vassal state panicking that, amid growing opposition from below, it also faces a civil war within Washington’s foreign-policy establishment.

Canada’s New Democrats and the coup in Bolivia—a reply to a reader

By Roger Jordan, 23 November 2019

With phony rhetoric about Canada’s role in promoting “democracy” and “human rights,” the NDP aids and abets Canadian imperialist intrigue, aggression and war.

999 Peru strikes

23 November 2019

Protests continue across Bolivia as the MAS submits to coup

By Andrea Lobo, 21 November 2019

The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism’s installation of a puppet regime.

Morales’ MAS in talks with Bolivia coup regime on how to quell unrest

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2019

The agreement to enter discussions came as masses of workers and peasants continue to stream into La Paz demanding the downfall of the self-proclaimed “interim president.”

Popular resistance mounts against Bolivian coup

By Andrea Lobo, 15 November 2019

Thousands of workers and peasants in Bolivia’s capital of La Paz, the neighboring district of El Alto and in Cochabamba have taken to the streets in defiance of police-military repression.

The US-backed coup in Bolivia

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2019

Backed by Washington, the violent coup in Bolivia has been facilitated by the political cowardice and treachery of the Morales government and its ruling MAS party.

US-backed Colombian military kills eight children in bombing, attempts cover-up

By Andrea Lobo, 11 November 2019

The brazenness of military repression to defend the highest levels of inequality in the world is the result of over a century of imperialist oppression.

Peronism returns to power in Argentina amid simmering social anger

By Andrea Lobo, 31 October 2019

Despite his empty populist demagogy, Fernández has already made clear that he will brutally impose the diktats of finance capital.

Millions march for social equality across Chile

By Eric London, 26 October 2019

The floodtide of international working class struggle rose higher as half the adult population of Chile demonstrated against inequality and state violence.

Mass protests spread to Bolivia after a disruption in electoral broadcasts

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2019

Workers and youth have joined mass protests across of hundreds of thousands across all the major cities, including working class areas and pro-Morales strongholds like Cochabamba.

Recriminations within Brazilian ruling classes over Trump’s OECD snub

By Miguel Andrade, 24 October 2019

Contrary to expectations, the US State Department didn’t propose Brazil for OECD membership, triggering a wave of criticism of Bolsonaro for the diplomatic failure.

Mass protests continue in defiance of military crackdown in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2019

The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.

Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet

By Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019

The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham “transition to democracy” political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Five dead and almost 1,000 arrested as repression mounts in Ecuador

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2019

The Ombudsman Office of Ecuador confirmed that the repression has left 5 demonstrators killed, 554 injured, and 929 arrested. These numbers, however, conceal the brutality of the repression.

Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests

By Andrea Lobo, 9 October 2019

In the face of a continuing strike and mass indigenous mobilization, Moreno took the unprecedented step of moving his government from Quito to Guayaquil.

Brazilian unions push “green and yellow” chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference

By Miguel Andrade, 9 October 2019

A range of issues, from austerity measures to privatizations, have repeatedly brought students to the streets, causing panic not only in the government, but in the unions and the opposition.

President Vizcarra dissolves Congress in response to conflict within Peruvian state

By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019

One of the main props sustaining Vizcarra’s government has been the refusal of the pseudo-left to confront his right-wing policies.

Ecuadorian government arrests hundreds and deploys military against nationwide strike

By Andrea Lobo, 5 October 2019

The Moreno government has responded to protests triggered by a massive gas price hike by imposing a national state of exception for 60 days, involving the deployment of the military against demonstrators and the suspension of democratic rights.

Brazilian GM workers speak out on US autoworkers’ strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 September 2019

Brazilian GM workers increasingly recognize that every issue they face is common to their class brothers in the US and internationally.

Fires consume more than 4.2 million acres of Bolivia’s forests

By Cesar Uco, 10 September 2019

A decree to expand deforestation for livestock and the agribusiness sector was a betrayal of the campaign promises made by President Evo Morales and his MAS ruling party.

100 Bolivia forest fires and Morales

10 September 2019

Colombian government renews civil war amid growing social unrest

By Julian James, 7 September 2019

At least 150 former FARC fighters and their family members have been killed since the signing of the agreement with the Colombian government.

Standard & Poor’s claims Argentina has “defaulted” on its debt

By Andrea Lobo, 31 August 2019

An Argentine banker cited by the Financial Times said they were recalling the strikes, riots and bank runs during the last default in 2001 and were "very afraid of what’s going on.”

US commander says navy ready for Venezuela intervention

By Andrea Lobo, 24 August 2019

The threat by the head of the US Southern Command came as both Trump and Maduro confirmed that US and Venezuelan officials have been holding direct talks.

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.

Trump calls for naval blockade of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2019

The US president’s demand for a military option reflects growing desperation in Washington over the failure of its regime-change operation.

Bolivia’s biggest mine and public health sector go on strike

By Andrea Lobo, 20 August 2019

Miners in San Cristobal, striking doctors and the entire, restive working class in Bolivia are coming into conflict with the Morales government, MAS and the trade unions.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon hails Mexican government as embodiment of “citizens’ revolution”

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

Mélenchon’s hailing of the AMLO government speaks volumes about what type of government he would lead, were he to win the presidential elections in 2022.

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2019

The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.

Argentina’s stock market crashes after Macri loses pre-election poll

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2019

The market crash shows international finance capital’s concern that the vote reflects massive social opposition to austerity regimes.

Far-right government elected in Guatemala

By Andrea Lobo, 14 August 2019

Marked by low participation and mass protests, the vote was overshadowed by the popular outrage against the “third safe country” agreement imposed by Trump.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

Washington orders international embargo on Venezuela, threatens invasion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2019

US envoy Elliott Abrams declared: “If you told George Bush Sr. in 1988 that he would invade Panama, he would have called it madness. But two or three years later, it happened.”

Argentine teachers strike, Michigan road workers walk out, Blackjewell miners protest and BC forestry strike continues

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6 August 2019

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30 July 2019

US Secretary of State Pompeo announces “new era” of US-Latin America reaction

By Andrea Lobo, 25 July 2019

Pompeo boasted about extraditing Assange, while demanding greater spying, anti-immigrant crackdowns and alignment with the US drive against its geopolitical rivals.

24 July 2019

Trade union sells out Walmart strike in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2019

The SIL union unilaterally imposed an agreement which achieved none of workers’ demands.

National strike against Ecuadorian government demands Assange’s freedom

By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2019

The protests in defense of Assange and the recent five-day strike in Ecuador demonstrate that the only social basis for his liberation and the defense democratic rights is the international working class.

Bossa Nova pioneer, songwriter and musician João Gilberto dead at 88

By Hiram Lee, 13 July 2019

Together with the composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto pioneered a “new wave” in Brazilian popular music during the mid-to-late 1950s that had a worldwide impact.

17,000 Walmart workers strike in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 11 July 2019

The walkout is in response to mass firings and the expansion of a “multifunctional” work regime for the remaining workers.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection

Ocasio-Cortez, other Congress members threatened by border police

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019

The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.