Mexico: strikers shot and killed during steel mill occupation

Submitted by Anon on 27 April, 2006 - 1:03

Police shot and killed two workers, another was crushed to death in a melee, and over 40 others were wounded, most by gunshots, when authorities launched an assault to expel striking workers occupying the SICARTSA steel mill in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Mexico on 20 April.

Reports from the scene suggest that others may also have been killed or may die from their wounds. Workers and townspeople retook the plant, but were then besieged by the police. Parts of the plant have been taken over by the Mexican Army and the Mexican Navy.

Mexican unions have demanded the resignation of the country's secretary of labour, the impeachment of the country's president, the punishment of those who are guilty for the violence, and the recognition of the elected leader of the mine workers union.

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