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Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 12:30:52 -0400
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
From: Charles Brown <CharlesB@CNCL.CI.DETROIT.MI.US>
Subject: Latin American anti-neoliberal protests
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Latin America rocked by protests against economic reform

ABC News [9 August 2001]

Public protests have broken out in three Latin American nations as part of a rising tide against free market reforms which could alter the hemisphere's political landscape.

There is growing pressure on governments as economic conditions worsen.

The street protests in Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico have seen thousands of workers and farmers warn their governments they will be defeated unless they abandon free market reforms.

Debt-ridden Argentina and Ecuador are struggling to maintain economic stability, but the Mexican backlash in a relatively buoyant economy appears to have shocked the eight-month-old Government of president Vicente Fox.

Thousands of angry farmers have barricaded government buildings in the capital, claiming Mr Fox has become Washington's free market champion in Latin America.

They have demanded the same sort of subsidies their US counterparts receive, but President Fox says his Government cannot afford them and farmers will have accept change or perish.