Today in history: December 6, 1928 - The Banana massacre (la masacre de las bananeras) was a massacre of Colombian workers who were on strike against the United Fruit Company (now Chiquita) in Ciénaga, Colombia.
Estimates are that between 800 and 3,000 workers were killed when the Colombian army opened fire on a gathering of thousands of striking workers. The massacre aimed to end the month-long strike in which the workers were struggling to improve the miserable working conditions. The U.S. government threatened to invade and send in the U.S. Marines if the Colombian government didn’t act to protect United Fruit’s interests. Gabriel García Márquez depicted a fictional version of the massacre in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.
(image: mural commemorating the Banana massacre)
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This Friday, 3 activists from the Revolutionary Communist Group and the newspaper Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! will land in Quito Ecuador to report from and participate in the World Festival of Youth and Students. Follow our daily activities via this blog- please share far and wide!
Today is World AIDS Day. Observed every year on December 1, World AIDS Day is a chance to learn about HIV/AIDS and pledge to do all we can to stop it. This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” Learn more about what you can do here, and if you haven’t been tested, find your nearest testing location here.
Translated as the “Voice of Rights”, Sawt al-Haq is an all female battalion that is supposedly also linked to the Free Syrian Army. They aren’t the only all female group in Syria, but are known for their concealed attire. Although they are rebel fighters, that doesn’t mean they have to stop being mothers. Note the German StG-44 in the 5th photo.
Different photos capturing the images of armed Kurdish women who belong to the Popular Protection Units. They are one of the many anti-government militias currently fighting in the Syrian Civil War. (Photo: Manu Brabo/ Giulio Petrocco/AFP/Getty Images)
The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind, because it seeks to remove from society all forms of oppression and exploitation to liberate mankind, and to ensure peace and prosperity to all