New York Picket Protests Repression Against Mexican Miners
NEW YORK, January 12 – The dispatching of more than 1,000 Mexican federal and state police to evict striking miners in Cananea, in the northern state of Sonora, set off an emergency protest picket in New York City. Some 20 protesters demonstrated in front of the Mexican Consulate proclaiming their solidarity with the mine workers who have been on strike since July 30 to protest the hideous safety conditions in the copper mine, the largest in Latin America, and against government attacks on the workers.
demonstrators chanted in Spanish “Ejército fuera, policía
fuera, viva, viva la huelga minera” (Army out, police out, long live
the miners strike, and “La lucha obrera no tiene frontera” (Workers
struggle knows no borders). The protest was called by the
Internationalist Group, U.S. section of the League for the Fourth
International, and included trade unionists from the United Federation
of Teachers (UFT) representing public school teachers, the Professional
Staff Congress (PSC) representing faculty and staff at City University,
The protest was covered in an article and photo in the NYC Spanish-language daily El Diario-La Prensa, El Imparcial and Dossier Politico in Hermosillo (capital of Sonora) and in a prominent photo in the Mexico City daily La Jornada.
See also: Mexico: Cananea Must Not Stand Alone! (1 February 2008)
Mexican Miners Strike for Safety (15 December 2007)
Cananea: A Century of Internationalist Class Struggle (December 2008)
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