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LaborTech 2010 - Columbia labor leader interviewed on "Stop Killer Coke" campaign
by DJ Rubble
Sunday Dec 19th, 2010 10:37 PM
As an example of how current technology can be used to communicate in international labor solidarity, a Columbian labor leader named Javier is interviewed on video live from Columbia last Sunday morning at UCSF as part of LaborTech 2010. An international day of action was held in Columbia the previous day to protest crimes of Coca-Cola, in the Stop Killer Coke campaign. Coordinated actions were held in Belgium, Turkey and Canada. I think the interviewer is Isabel Wagamans, but I’m not sure. The interviewer translates from Spanish to English. (22 minutes)
The Campaign is fighting brutal repression including at least 10 murders of union leaders in efforts to crush their union, SINALTRAINAL. The U.S. Government has some responsibility for these conditions through Plan Columbia. Activists have uncovered violence and exploitation by Coke in other countries, most notably China, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Mexico, and Turkey.

In February of this year, a suit was filed in U.S. court against Coca Cola for abuses including rape, murder, and attempted murder against unionists and their families in Guatemala. Complaints in El Salvador, documented in a book titled, “Belching Out The Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola” by Mark Thomas published in the U.S. in 2009, outlining exploitation of child labor in Salvadoran sugar cane fields.

Javier mentioned during the interview that an international boycott is started, title, “Because I love life, I don’t drink Coca-Cola“. More information is available at killercoke.org.