Colombian Workers Strike against the United Fruit Company

The sharp burst of rifles tore through the assembled crowd, and Colombian workers screamed and fell as hot lead bullets ripped through them. The workers were striking in the central square of the town of Ciénaga, Colombia, against the United Fruit Company, a US corporation. The troops that fired were from the Colombian Army.  Colombian populist Congressman Jorge Eliécer Gaitán claimed that the army acted under instructions from the United Fruit Company.  The ensuing political scandal forced the Colombian conservative party out of office, and Gaitán continued to campaign for workers’ rights.
El agudo estallido de rifles atravesó a la multitud reunida, y los trabajadores colombianos gritaron y cayeron mientras las balas de plomo caliente los atravesaban. Los trabajadores se encontraban en huelga en la plaza central de la localidad de Ciénaga, Colombia, contra la United Fruit Company, una corporación estadounidense. Las tropas que dispararon eran del Ejército de Colombia. El congresista populista colombiano Jorge Eliécer Gaitán afirmó que el ejército actuó bajo instrucciones de la United Fruit Company. El escándalo político resultante obligó al partido conservador colombiano a dejar el poder y Gaitán continuó haciendo campaña por los derechos de los trabajadores.

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