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March 07, 2005

Striking Against Their Governments

Venezuela has arrested the former leader of the Venezuelan Labour Federation who led the strike two years ago against Hugo Chavez's regime. I have great sympathy for Chavez's populism, but his on-again authoritarian actions don't give great confidence in the long-term direction of his regime.

This as the Bolivian President has just announced his resignation in the face of widespread strikes and civil disobediance against that regime's attempts to privatize its natural gas facilities and clamp down on poor coca growers.

For workers of Latin America or of any regime for that matter, the right to strike in protest of government actions is a key check on abuse of power by government. Any regime-- right or left -- which clamps down on that right is opening the way for unchecked authoritarianism.

Posted by Nathan at March 7, 2005 06:57 AM