South America

Argentina: railway station burnt by passengers

Angry passengers attacked and destroyed offices, before burning them down in protest at the atrocious state of the privatised service.

Chile: Forest workers strike over, unions call for continued protests against police violence

Cisternas funeral courtesy of sindicato audiovisual

May 9, 2007: The Building and Wood Workers International reports the end of the strike of more than 7,000 workers against Celulosa Arauco y Constitución SA – the largest forestry and pulp producing company in Chile.

Argentina: Rubber bullets and tear gas against municipal workers

municipal worker Miguel Aranda

Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina, May 9th
Municipal workers in Río Gallegos, capital city of Santa Cruz province and home of Argentine president Néstor Kirchner, were attacked by state police while marching to demand payment of a promised wage increase

Peru: Miner's strike ends

A Peruvian mine

A unlimited strike has come to an end after the goverment agreed to the miners' demands.

Brazilian farmers' occupation kicks off 'Red April' protests

Landless peasants attend MST meeting

Landless Brazilian farmers have begun a series of coordinated protest actions, occupying properties belonging to a large paper firm.

General strike brings Argentina to a standstill

Argentinian workers protest killing of Carlos Fuentealba

Argentina was brought to a near standstill on Monday amid protests over the killing of a teacher in the south-west of the country last week.

Argentina: Striking teacher killed by police

Carlos Fuentealba

Fellow strikers blocked roads across the province on Friday and a national general strike has been called for Monday by the teaching unions after a protester was killed by a tear gas grenade.

Worker self-management in historical perspective, 1950-2006

A worker of Argentina's self-managed Brukman plant

A brief history of the movement for workers' self-management in the 20th and 21st centuries. Examines instances of workers' control in Yugoslavia, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and contemporary Argentina.

1892-1894: The prison revolt and massacre at Cayenne

Iles du Salut prison cell

A short history of the brutal repression at the Cayenne island prison camp in French Guyana. A rebellion against a prisoner's murder was followed by a massacre of anarchists by the authorities.

Girier, Anthelme, 1869-1898

Le Bandit du Nord cover

A short biography of French anarchist orator Anthelme Girier, who was imprisoned and involved in the revolt at the Iles du Salut penal colony.