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Experiments with truth: 10/13/10

  • In Cairo, around 50 workers and their families, along with labor activists and lawyers, congregated outside the headquarters of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and the National Council for Women (NCW) on Sunday to protest “arbitrary and punitive lay-offs” and demand reinstatement.
  • Activists protested open pit mining in Costa Rica Saturday in front of Casa Presidencial. The protest against the Crucitas open-pit gold mine, a project that is on hold near the northern border with Nicaragua, will involve a hunger strike by activists, including Costa Rican actress Rocío Carranza.
  • Two Spanish citizens who owned La Vaca farm have been on a hunger strike for five days at the gates of Spanish Consulate in Caracas, as they are waiting for the National Land Institute (INTI) to provide an answer on the compensation for their property, which was seized by the Venezuelan government.
  • On Monday, food service workers at three hospitals in Allentown, Pennsylvania  held a one-day strike against Sodexo in response to what they see as the company’s ongoing campaign to prevent workers from organizing to get a better life.
  • On Sunday, about 100 Ghazvin Naznakh textile workers in Iran held a rally across the presidential palace at Pasteur street. The workers were demanding back wages that they are owed after the factory shut down last March.