Latin America

Patriot Act Foils Uruguay’s Marijuana Sales

August 31, 2017

U.S. banks say the 2001 Patriot Act prevents them from doing business with banks in Uruguay that provide services for newly legalized pot sales. The politics in all of it is ‘rank hypocrisy,’ says economist Bill Black

El Salvador Passes Historic Ban on Metal Mining

April 18, 2017

The Central American country is the first country in the world to establish a blanket ban on metal mining, protecting the environment following a 12-year political struggle

Colombian Villagers Blockade State Drilling Project

October 26, 2013

Citing environmental concerns, central Colombian villages use months of direct action to delay planned state oil project.

Mexico’s Tlatelolco Massacre 45 Year Anniversary March Met with Police Repression

October 6, 2013

Riot Police Brutally Repress Commemorative Protest in Mexico City: Students and Allies march to honor 45th anniversary of Tlatelolco Massacre Ten of thousands of students and allies marched in Mexico to commemorate the 1968 massacre of student activists, and to express their discontent with the government's neoliberal education and energy reform. The student movement of 1968 surged in opposition to the intervention of police and army forces in the public universities in Mexico City. They were met with brutal force. Thousands were detained, and some sources estimate the death toll at 1500. “The student movement of '68 was demanding democratic rights that today allow us to mobilize and have the right to freedom of expression,” said Citlali Citlali, an organizer of the original October 2 March Committee. “They don't kill us anymore for pasting up posters, but we are seeing a kind of authoritarian government since Enrique Peña Nieto came to power in the federal government.” Independent journalists documented police hitting bystanders and street vendors with their helmets at the recent march. Riot police also assaulted observers with the Miguel Agustin Pro Juárez Human Rights Center. Hernández said that the repression will not stop them from protesting the reforms that she believes threaten the sovereignty of the nation. “The problem of the education reform is a very clear problem. It does not only relate to students. Education is a form of development. We need to recognize that it is related to the strategy of the foundation of our nation,” said Hernández. There have been numerous…

Bolivian Women’s Groups Demand Decriminalization of Abortion

October 2, 2013

Abortion remains legally restricted in almost all of Latin America, and in Bolivia clandestine abortions are the third leading cause of maternal deaths

Mexico Police Repress Opponents of Neoliberal School Reform

September 22, 2013

Through harassment, arbitrary detention and violence, Mexico sweeps teachers and students

Mexico City Police Violently Crackdown on Occupying Teachers

September 16, 2013

In Mexico City police attack peaceful teachers protesting new Mexico education bill

National Farmers and Social Strike gets seeds control law 970 suspended

September 14, 2013

In Colombia after 21 days of a nationwide strike by thousands of farmers, blocking more than 40 roads nationwide, protesting farmers forced the Colombian government to negotiate the rejection of a farm bill and the release of detained protesters.

Tens of Thousands March Against Mexico School Privatization

September 5, 2013

Teachers blockade downtown Mexico City to protest education reforms they say is harmful to public schools

Tens of Thousands of Colombian Farmers On Strike For Their Survival

September 3, 2013

Farmers and their supporters protesting so called “Free Trade Agreements” that would likely eliminate their livelihoods

Paraguayan Indigenous Community Reoccupies Territory After Two Decades of Forced Expulsion

June 23, 2013

After state fails to fulfill international court order returning ancestral lands illegally usurped by German cattle rancher, community decides enough is enough

A million people across Brazil say “it’s not about 20 cents”

June 21, 2013

More than a million people demonstrate in a hundred cities across Brazil, and raise new demands.

Brazilian Authorities Rescind Bus Fare Hike Yet Massive Protests Continue

June 20, 2013

Brazil protest that began over increasing cost of public transportation continues to draw tens of thousands to the streets

Hundreds of Thousands of Brazilians Protest Country’s Harsh Inequities

June 18, 2013

Protest against bus fare increase sparked nationwide protest movement demanding systemic change

Mexican Activists Demand State Accountability For Increasing Numbers of Disappeared

June 7, 2013

“Alive They Took Them, Alive We Want Them” Mexico rally demand calls for end to forced disappearances

Activists Demand Mexican President Be Held Responsible for Deaths of Protesters

May 19, 2013

Activists say Mexican president Pena-Nieto must be held accountable for activist’s murders and torture during his governorship seven years ago

Mexican Worker-Run Tire Factory a Success

May 8, 2013

Union wins years long struggle against vulture capitalists and now helms one of Mexico’s most successful tire factories

Indigenous Town in Mexico Celebrates Two Years of Autonomy and Defense of their Community Forest

April 23, 2013

After two years of resisting illegal logging and organized crime, indigenous people in the town of Cheran Mexico demand justice for their assassinated community members and respect for their autonomous government

Mexican Police Stop COP16-Bound Caravan from Hosting Religious Ceremony at Chichen Itza

December 6, 2010

Mobile Broadcast News reports from a convergence of indigenous environmental activists headed to Cancun to oppose UN climate change conference

‘Dancing with Dynamite’ in South America

November 18, 2010

Journalist and author Ben Dangl has spent much of the past decade touring South America and has observed social movements bring down neo-liberal governments and replace them with new ones. Now a few years into the experiment, Dangl has written a new book about the dynamic between those social movements and the governments they helped elect. He notes that in the cases of Ecuador and Bolivia, some of the most influential groups have now become vociferous critics of the governments they helped bring to power. Produced by Jesse Freeston.