Colombian Workers Strike against the United Fruit Company

The sharp burst of rifles tore through the assembled crowd, and Colombian workers screamed and fell as hot lead bullets ripped through them. The workers were striking in the central square of the town of Ciénaga, Colombia, against the United Fruit Company, a US corporation. The troops that fired were from the Colombian Army.  Colombian populist Congressman Jorge Eliécer Gaitán claimed that the army acted under instructions from the United Fruit Company.  The ensuing political scandal forced the Colombian conservative party out of office, and Gaitán continued to campaign for workers’ rights.

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