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France Paralyzed by Largest General Strike in Decades

A general strike began in France today against President Emmanuel Macron's sweeping pension reform. The strike has been called by unions representing railway and transport workers, hospital workers, teachers, firefighters, and students. The biggest of its kind in decades, the strike currently paralyzing France is expected to continue through the week.

IzquierdaDiario.es

December 5, 2019

Chilean Political Parties Sign “Peace Agreement”. Workers Respond with a General Strike

Chile has been on fire for over a month. The protests began in opposition to subway fare hikes, but they soon became a nationwide call to oust the president and rewrite the constitution.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

November 26, 2019

Colombian Workers, Students and Indigenous Groups Begin General Strike

Trade union centers, social movements, students, peasants, and indigenous people, among others, have called for a national strike on November 21. This is a part of a larger national mobilization against what the organizers have called the "Paquetazo de Duque.”

Tatum Regan

November 21, 2019

Chilean Workers Reject Piñera’s “New Constitution” with a General Strike

On Tuesday, a day-long general strike paralyzed parts of the Chilean economy. There were massive demonstrations and hundreds of roadblocks were put up across the country. All the while, the discredited president Sebastián Piñera is attempting to regain the initiative with a call for a “new constitution.”

Sean Robertson

November 15, 2019

Third Friday of Protests in Chile: Masses Return to the Streets

Maintaining a state of emergency, the government of Sebastián Piñera has announced more repression. But last Friday, the streets responded with widespread rejection. We need a strategy to make the general strike effective and sustained until Piñera falls—and with him the inheritance of the dictatorship.

La Izquierda Diario Chile

November 12, 2019

Self-Organization in the Chilean Revolt

In Antofagasta, the port city in the north of Chile, workers and students have come together to form bodies of self-organization. These are known as Emergency and Protection Committees. We offer a detailed, first-hand account of how this committee works. 

Galia Aguilera

November 11, 2019

Chile: “The policy of the Communist Party and the Frente Amplio is to negotiate with Piñera”

For the last two weeks, more than a million people have taken to the streets of Chile demanding the resignation of President Sebastián Piñera. The main forces of the reformist left, however, want to negotiate with the billionaire president. In an interview, Dauno Tótoro of the Revolutionary Workers Party (PTR) explains that the reformists’ policy is aimed at subverting the rebellion.

International Dockworkers Council Threatens Boycott of Chilean Cargo

The IDC warns the President of Chile that: “We are on alert and ready to block cargo from Chile in other ports around the world.” This is part of a decades-long tradition of working-class internationalism by dockers and longshore workers.

Sean Robertson

October 25, 2019

Chilean Protesters Report Beatings and Sexual Assault By Military and Riot Police

**Trigger Warning** As mobilizations against the government continue in Chile, reports are surfacing of violence and sexual abuse against women involved in the protests.

Celeste Murillo

October 24, 2019