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Experiments with truth: 4/16/10

  • Tens of thousands of people are gathering for a sit-in in Bangkok as anti-government protests continue.  The red-shirted Thais, whose action is seriously affecting the city’s economy, show no sign of retreat after they returned to peaceful methods this week.
    • Residents outside the San Cristobal mine in Bolivia have been blocking rail access to the silver/lead/zinc mine all week, demanding that the government provide electricity, among other things, to the area.
    • Strikes and marches occurred throughout the United States in the last few days, as hundreds of workers, students, and community members rallied against labor rights violations committed by national food service company Sodexo.
    • A hundred people, including Aboriginal elders, marched on Mumbulla State Forest in Australia on Wednesday to protest logging.  Logging continued, however, throughout the day, on land that is home to a koala colony.
    • Food and poverty activists are staging a sit-in in India in response to a Food Security Bill currently facing Parliament.  The activists say the bill does not go far enough to protect poor families.
    • American Airlines employees picketed at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on Thursday in protest of high executive compensation.  Rallying against corporate greed has become an April tradition for the airline workers.