Latin America and the Caribbean

Threat of fascistic coup grows in Brazil amid COVID vaccination failure

By Tomas Castanheira, 23 January 2021

“We the military are the last obstacle to socialism. Who decides whether a people will live in democracy or dictatorship is their Armed Forces,” declared fascistic President Bolsonaro.

Peruvian doctors strike, Phoenix area teachers launch sickout over COVID-19 dangers

Workers Struggle: The Americas

19 January 2021

Doctors across Peru have walked out over pay and COVID-19-related issues while teachers in Arizona’s Peoria Unified School District staged a sickout over dangerous in-person instruction.

Migrant caravan attacked by Guatemalan troops as Biden team accommodates anti-immigrant right

By Andrea Lobo, 19 January 2021

Two months after hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated the region and as the pandemic crisis continues, caravan members are escaping conditions of absolute destitution.

Silent on coup attempt, Mexico’s AMLO defends Trump against “censorship”

By Andrea Lobo, 18 January 2021

The Mexican president is signaling that he will enforce the untrammeled exploitation of cheap labor and austerity diktats with his own shift toward dictatorship.

Patients die of asphyxiation as hospitals in Manaus run out of oxygen

By Tomas Castanheira, 16 January 2021

An entire wing of University Hospital patients died on Thursday night due to a lack of oxygen.

US State Department designates Cuba state sponsor of terrorism

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 January 2021

The announcement is a continuation of the rollback of Obama’s normalization of relations as the island has been hit hard by COVID-19 and a deepening economic crisis.

Ford shuts down operations in Brazil, destroying tens of thousands of jobs

By Brunna Machado and Tomas Castanheira, 15 January 2021

According to Ford, 5,000 workers will be laid off in Brazil, and tens of thousands more jobs directly associated with its production chain are expected to face destruction.

Mexican Interjet workers begin strike; St Vincent Hospital workers launch protests in Boston

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 January 2021

Some 5,000 workers at Interjet airlines struck airports in four cities to demand back wages while hospital nurses in Boston are staging pickets to demand safe staff to patient ratios

Argentine Morenoites shrug off Trump’s coup

By Andrea Lobo, 12 January 2021

The Morenoites, led by the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) in Argentina, oppose calling the assault against the Capitol a “coup” or “insurrection,” joining the Democratic Party and DSA in politically disarming the working class.

Bolsonaro endorses Trump coup, threatens to do same in Brazil’s 2022 election

By Miguel Andrade, 11 January 2021

It is no secret that the fascistic Bolsonaro sees in the January 6 putsch a blueprint for his own takeover in 2022.

As Brazil reaches 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, Bolsonaro sabotages vaccination campaign

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 January 2021

The most critical situation in the country is in the Amazonian capital of Manaus.

Brazilian workers exposed to infections and death as meat-processing industry reaps record profits

By Tomas Castanheira, 6 January 2021

At least 127 workers have been infected in a COVID-19 outbreak at a plant owned by Seara in Rio Grande do Sul.

Brazilian state governments push to reopen schools as COVID-19 deaths approach 200,000

By Gabriel Lemos, 5 January 2021

Brazil’s ruling elite is declaring education an essential service in order to reopen schools, even as the pandemic spirals out of control.

Police kill protesting farmworkers, attack anti-police violence protest in Santiago

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 January 2021

Two farmworkers died in a brutal police assault on their protest over regressive labor legislation, while police repressed a commemoration march over the death of Mauricio Fredes.

AMLO government falsified COVID-19 data to avoid shutdowns in Mexico City

By Andrea Lobo, 30 December 2020

With hospitals in the Mexican capital expected to collapse in January, the López Obrador administration is determined to keep the economy open and safeguard profits.

Chilean health unions conclude sellout deal with right-wing government

By Mauricio Saavedra, 23 December 2020

The unions’ grip is increasingly tenuous after a long list of betrayals.

Chilean health care workers walk out over pay, national strike by Argentine train conductors

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 December 2020

Members of the Confusam health workers union in Chile walked out December 16 over paltry pay raises while train conductors in Argentina plan a national work stoppage December 22.

Brazil and Mexico report spikes in COVID-19 deaths as pandemic ravages Latin America

By Tomas Castanheira, 18 December 2020

The two largest countries in Latin America are reporting an accelerated growth of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and are close to surpassing the peaks from earlier this year.

Spectacular Native American rock art newly discovered in the Colombian Amazon

By Philip Guelpa, 15 December 2020

The extensive rock face murals made by Native American groups are truly impressive and have the potential to contribute much to our knowledge of these cultures, but some claims about their age and content may be premature.

Chilean health unions suspend indefinite strike, provoking anger among workers

By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 December 2020

The number of health professionals testing positive for COVID-19 has surpassed 37,500, and 72 workers have died due to the lack of resources and protective attire.

15-year-old is assassinated while being treated in hospital in Mexico as homicides reach record levels

By Angel Andres, 15 December 2020

Local, state, and federal authorities have demonstrated a complete indifference to the terrible conditions of the working class, exacerbated by the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Widespread protests by essential workers across Canada over COVID-19 safety

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 December 2020

Health care workers in Ontario, Alberta and other provinces have protested inadequate COVID-19 safety measures while the disease is once again infecting hundreds at meatpacking plants.

Migrant caravan of workers displaced by hurricanes departs Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 11 December 2020

The migrants are escaping the destruction of their homes and livelihoods by back-to-back, record-setting storms that have left more than 400,000 Hondurans and Guatemalans living in shelters.

Anti-Chinese campaign casts doubt over vaccinations as second COVID-19 wave batters Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 10 December 2020

Bolsonaro has repeatedly railed against the CoronaVac vaccine being produced in the country in cooperation with a Chinese company, as several regions are approaching a healthcare system collapse.

US war threats mount against Iran and Venezuela with six weeks remaining in Trump term

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2020

US ultimatums over fuel and arms shipments between Iran and Venezuela have escalated the danger of a military provocation as Trump attempts to overturn the US presidential election.

Pentagon to Biden: Latin America a major battlefield in war with China

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2020

The chief of the US Southern Command warned Wednesday that US imperialism’s “competitive edge” is eroding as a result of growing Chinese influence in the Western Hemisphere.

Medical workers protest across Mexico as President AMLO continues to downplay pandemic

By Andrea Lobo, 5 December 2020

After suffering nearly 150,000 infections and 2,000 deaths, health care workers are demonstrating against unsafe conditions, lack of pay and for other demands.

Candidate of Brazil’s pseudo-left PSOL loses in São Paulo as party prepares new betrayals

By Tomas Castanheira, 4 December 2020

Guilherme Boulos’ PSOL is preparing to play the same role in Brazil as Syriza did in Greece, and Podemos in Spain.

Chilean public health workers go on indefinite national strike

By Mauricio Saavedra, 2 December 2020

The strike is part of a wave of mobilizations reignited in the second half of November calling for the resignation of the nation’s hated ultra-right President Sebastián Piñera.

Health care workers and teachers strikes across the Americas over COVID-19 protections, funding

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 December 2020

Chilean health care workers are protesting for more funding from the government to fight COVID-19 while teachers in Mexico and Peru struck and demonstrated over pay and budgetary support and Washington state health care workers demand adequate staffing and PPE.

Barbaric murder by Brazilian security guards sparks protests, repression

By Miguel Andrade, 30 November 2020

João Alberto Freitas was beaten to death by two guards at a Carrefour supermarket in the city of Porto Alegre, sparking protests across Brazil.

Argentine football star Diego Maradona mourned worldwide

By Rafael Azul and Andrea Lobo, 30 November 2020

Beyond the mark he made on the history of football, Maradona’s hostility to inequality and imperialism won him sympathy from wide layers of workers and youth internationally.

Brazilian government intensifies herd immunity campaign amid new COVID-19 surge

By Eduardo Parati, 28 November 2020

With the beginning of the second wave, Bolsonaro is carrying out an anti-vaccine campaign, while state governments align their policies to a de facto herd immunity policy.

Medical workers strike across Latin America over pandemic-related issues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 November 2020

Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guatemalan government cracks down on anti-austerity protests

By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2020

Protests broke out over the weekend against austerity measures being brutally imposed during a social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricanes Eta and Iota.

Brazilian state of Amapá on brink of social explosion after 18-day blackout

By Tomas Castanheira, 21 November 2020

The lack of electricity, water and other basic services led to a wave of more than 100 protests in the state.

Mexican General Cienfuegos walks free after US drops drug charges

By Andrea Lobo and Don Knowland, 21 November 2020

The ex-defense secretary was airlifted to Mexico by the US government and allowed to walk out of the Toluca Airport as a free citizen, under no travel restraints.

Municipal elections expose rightward turn of Brazilian ruling class

By Tomas Castanheira, 19 November 2020

The elections were marked by both the discrediting of Brazil’s political system in the eyes of the working class and fascistic attacks on the democratic process.

Tens of thousands pay homage to youth slain by police as Peru swears in third president in a week

By Cesar Uco, 19 November 2020

Thousands of youth held vigils Monday evening in Peru’s major cities in memory of the two young students killed by the Peruvian National Police (PNP).

One-day strike called by Buenos Aires doctors, Chilean health care workers stage protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 November 2020

Doctors in Buenos Aires are set to strike November 17 over an insufficient pay offer while health care workers in Chile struck November 12 and 13 demanding upgrades to the system.

Morenoites dismiss Trump coup attempt, while sowing illusions in Biden

By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020

The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.

Second major hurricane hits Central America in two weeks

By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2020

Combined with the pandemic and the effects of storm Eta, Category 5 Hurricane Iota is expected to greatly deepen an ongoing humanitarian crisis and mass migration.

Peruvian government falls after two killed in anti-impeachment protests

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2020

Mass outrage over the deadly repression of protests triggered by the coup-like impeachment of President Vizcarra has forced the resignation of his successor.

Workers Party pushes back-to-school campaign amid warnings of second COVID-19 wave in Brazil

By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020

The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.

Thousands protest in Peru against impeachment, pandemic and economic implosion

By Rafael Azul, 12 November 2020

In Lima, Peru’s capital, the decision to replace Martín Vizcarra with Manuel Merino brought many people into the streets.

Mexican president refuses to recognize Biden victory

By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020

To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.

MAS inaugurates right-wing government in Bolivia

By Tomas Castanheira, 11 November 2020

The same day Evo Morales returned to Bolivia, the new government installed a pro-austerity cabinet.

Puerto Rico holds elections for new governor

By Julio Patron, 10 November 2020

Elections in Puerto Rico saw a sharp decline in votes for the two main ruling parties, reflecting growing popular distrust and contempt toward the entire political establishment.

Hundreds dead and missing after Eta devastates Central America and southern Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 10 November 2020

As of this writing, 98 people have been found dead and 187 have been reported missing, while many more casualties are feared as rescuers reach isolated communities.

As Brazil’s Bolsonaro remains silent, the Workers Party and pseudo-left hail Biden victory

By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020

Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.

Former Mexican military chief pleads not guilty to US drug trafficking charges

By Andrea Lobo, 9 November 2020

The Cienfuegos case has sent shockwaves through the Mexican ruling elite, while raising suspicions about the roles played by the López Obrador government and Washington.

MAS denounces dynamite attack against Bolivia’s President-elect Luis Arce

By Tomas Castanheira, 7 November 2020

MAS has stated that newly elected president Luis Arce was the target of a bomb attack Thursday night at the party’s La Paz headquarters.

Hospital fire in Brazil exposes criminal neglect of workers’ lives

By Brunna Machado, 5 November 2020

A fire at a hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro resulted in the deaths of eight people, at least three of them COVID-19 patients.

Trump administration detained over 500,000 immigrant children in three years

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 4 November 2020

New data shows that The Trump administration has detained half a million children, with over 250,000 in 2019 alone. Other revelations point to numerous Central American children being illegally sent to Mexico.

Fascist protests in Bolivia demand overturning of presidential election

By Tomas Castanheira, 4 November 2020

Last night, a street council called by fascists in Santa Cruz demanded the overturning of the recent election and a military takeover.

Record-setting Hurricane Eta batters Central America

By Andrea Lobo, 4 November 2020

In an already record-setting 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Eta is expected to cause devastating flooding and landslides as it cuts a path through Central America.

US mercenary exposes Trump administration links to abortive Venezuela invasion

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2020

The former special forces operative’s charges came in a breach of contract suit against a chief advisor to Washington’s Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaidó.

Jacobin distorts Morales interview to cover for MAS’s turn to right in Bolivia

By Andrea Lobo, 3 November 2020

Jacobin has sought to present the MAS electoral victory as a sign of a “progressive” tide that renders unnecessary any independent political mobilization of workers.

Tens of thousands of Argentine workers and youth protest brutal repression of homeless families

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 November 2020

Tens of thousands of workers and young people protested October 29 over the savage expulsion of homeless families.

Brazilian armed forces conduct unprecedented military exercises amid US threats to Venezuela

By Gabriel Lemos, 2 November 2020

Bolsonaro’s Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as “secret” cables about Pompeo’s trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.

A reply to the Morenoites on support for militarization of Brazilian elections

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Group (Brazil), 31 October 2020

The slanderous rant sent to the WSWS by the editor of the Brazilian edition of the Morenoite Izquierda Diario website exposes his own organization’s hostility to Trotskyism.

The WSWS and the fight for revolutionary leadership in Latin America

By Tomas Castanheira, 30 October 2020

The WSWS, in its new and more advanced form, is going to interact with the developing struggles of workers and youth in Latin America.

US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2020

Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.

Peru’s political crisis deepens with second motion to impeach President Vizcarra

By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020

The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.

The constitutional referendum and class struggle in Chile

By Mauricio Saavedra, 27 October 2020

Chile’s parliamentary “left” set itself the task of redirecting the explosive mass struggles into the safe parameters of parliamentary politics by promoting the referendum.

Quebec nurses stage blockade to protest brutal conditions

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 October 2020

Quebec nurses blocked key bridges into Montreal and Quebec City to press contract demands including lower patient staff ratios and less oppressive shift schedules in the midst of a resurgent pandemic.

The MAS victory in Bolivia and bourgeois nationalism’s betrayals in Latin America

By Tomas Castanheira, 27 October 2020

The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.

Brazilian Morenoites support pro-military parties in mayoral elections

By Miguel Andrade, 27 October 2020

The approaching mayoral elections are exposing all the political forces that claimed a vote for the Workers Party against Bolsonaro in 2018 would advance an “anti-fascist” struggle

Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 October 2020

Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coup regime in Bolivia concedes electoral victory to MAS

By Andrea Lobo, 20 October 2020

The ruling class sees a MAS administration as necessary to politically disarm growing workers’ struggles against its devastating response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic is not over yet”

Brazilian nurse speaks out against closure of COVID hospital and firing of 300 employees

By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020

The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.

Chilean government mobilizes police and military on anniversary of social revolt

By Mauricio Saavedra, 19 October 2020

In response to planned demonstrations, Chile’s ultra-right government is placing tens of thousands of militarized Carabineros police, Special Forces and military troops on alert.

Brazil’s COVID-19 deaths pass 150,000 mark amid back-to-school campaign

By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020

After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.

Former Chilean Health Minister charged with falsifying COVID-19 figures

By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 October 2020

The ultra-right government of billionaire President Piñera criminally mishandled the pandemic, inflicting suffering upon the most oppressed layers of the population.

Civil war elections in Bolivia

By Tomas Castanheira, 14 October 2020

Áñez is using her state position to outlaw the MAS opposition and mobilize fascistic forces among the military against the working masses.

Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 October 2020

Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.

Colombia’s ex-president Uribe freed from house arrest to lead right-wing repression

By Andrea Lobo, 13 October 2020

The release was the result of pressures from President Iván Duque’s administration, as well as from the White House.

Brazil’s Workers Party promotes military police in mayoral elections

By Miguel Andrade, 10 October 2020

The mayoral elections to be held in Brazil in November and December are laying bare the turn by all factions of the ruling class to the hated Brazilian military.

As Brazil’s inequality soars, ruling elite sets racialist trap for the working class

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 October 2020

The efforts of the pseudo left and bourgeois parties like the PT to divide the working class along racial, gender and national lines feed the growth of fascistic forces.

Honduran migrant caravan broken up by Guatemalan troops, as devastation grows across Central America

By Andrea Lobo, 7 October 2020

The caravan, disbanded with the assistance of the Mexican government, signals that growing layers of the population in Honduras and the region have reached a new level of social desperation.

Protests erupt in Chile after police throw 16-year-old off bridge

By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 October 2020

Chile’s murderous police violence proves that all of the tensions that gave rise to the social convulsions one year ago have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health care workers stage strikes, protests in Chile and Argentina

By Mauricio Saavedra, 3 October 2020

According to Amnesty International, of the 7,000 health professionals in the world who have died after contracting COVID-19, more than a third are from the Americas.

US deploys missile destroyer off coast of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2020

The military provocation has come amid a wave of new sanctions against both Venezuela and Iran, which is supplying the South American country with vital fuel supplies.

Union shuts down Brazilian postal workers’ strike after court paves way for privatization

By Gabriel Lemos, 30 September 2020

The postal union federations kept the 35-day strike isolated, subordinating the workers’ struggle to the capitalist courts.

Police attack protests in Honduras, Mexico and Chile while labor unrest spreads in Brazil and Argentina

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 September 2020

Protesting health care workers in Chile and teachers in Mexico faced police repression while call center workers in Cordoba, Argentina and transit workers in Recife, Brazil have launched strikes.

The world has reached the grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2020

With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, “herd immunity” remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.

Killing by Colombian military escalates protests against state violence

By Andrea Lobo, 26 September 2020

The wave of unrest is merging with opposition to the devastation caused by the state’s counter-insurrectionary war, which has killed more than 200,000 civilians.

Brazilian educators call strikes against homicidal reopening of schools

By Tomas Castanheira, 26 September 2020

The efforts of Brazil’s ruling elite to reopen schools amid the catastrophic spread of COVID-19 are being met with a growing wave of resistance.

Police repression continues during national strike in Colombia

By Andrea Lobo, 24 September 2020

Police violently broke up the mass demonstration in Bogotá, confirming the continued drive of the Ivan Duque administration and the entire Colombian ruling class toward dictatorship.

Brazil’s mayoral elections expose major parties’ rightward lurch

By Miguel Andrade, 23 September 2020

The Brazilian ruling class is attempting to use the elections to channel the massive opposition to Bolsonaro behind “national unity” and the military.

Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 September 2020

Quebec home daycare workers began an unlimited strike Monday while instructors in Zacatecas, Mexico began a strike at the state’s 43 Bachelors College campuses on September 17.

US, Colombia stage war games as Pompeo threatens Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2020

Pompeo’s Latin American tour is aimed both at escalating aggression against Venezuela and countering China’s influence in the region.

Brazilian teachers call strikes against back-to-school drive

By Tomas Castanheira, 18 September 2020

Brazil’s fascistic President Bolsonaro declared: “We are the country with the highest number of days of lockdown of schools. This is absurd.”

Albany, New York nurses set to strike; walkout continues at Cerrejón mining complex in Colombia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 September 2020

Some 2,500 nurses at Albany Med are set to strike over contract issues while workers at Colombia’s Cerrejón mining complex in the La Guajira department are in the third week of a strike against threatened layoffs.

In fascistic Independence Day speech, Brazil’s Bolsonaro condemns “strikes, social disorder”

By Miguel Andrade, 14 September 2020

Bolsonaro’s rant rooted Brazil’s national identity in “fear of god, respect for the family” and the struggle for “liberty” against “communism.”

Latin America, epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, on the brink of social explosion

By Tomas Castanheira, 12 September 2020

Latin America this week reached the grim milestones of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 8 million infections.

Mauritian cruise ship crews strike to demand repatriation

By Tom Casey, 12 September 2020

Mediterranean Shipping Company crews have been stranded on three ships near Santos port, Brazil since the industry’s COVID-19 shutdown in late March.

Colombian security forces massacre 10 youth protesting police murder

By Andrea Lobo, 11 September 2020

The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer slashes 2,500 jobs

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 September 2020

The Morenoite-led union is attempting to subordinate workers to the Brazilian state and its military.

Brazilian postal workers wage bitter strike against wage cuts, privatization

By Gabriel Lemos, 7 September 2020

The state-owned postal service’s criminal negligence amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to thousands of workers contracting the deadly virus and 120 reported deaths.