The following is an overview of the struggles of recent weeks in Latin America.

The protests and struggles against the giant mining project Tía María are now going on for over 60 days, and instead of fighting being less, the masses are always finding new ways to protest. Protesters blocked many streets in the province of Islay in the Arequipa region, set tires on fire and toppled trees onto the roads. They fiercely resist the police, who repeatedly try to clear the streets with the most brutal means.


Already in mid-August, members of the League of Poor People (LCP) had blocked a highway during the national education strike near the town of Januária in the north of Minas Gerais . They erected barricades and set fire to tires, on the banners they called for a general strike. Also was a flag of US imperialism burned.


On 19 September, residents of the Chapadão slum complex in northern Rio set fire to a bus and a barricade of tires to protest against the ongoing military state of emergency and the resulting genocide against the Brazilian people.

Due to the ongoing food crisis in Argentina, demonstrators blocked downtown Buenos Aires on September 11 and set up a protest camp in front of the Ministry of Social Affairs. It was not long before the demonstrators were attacked by the police with tear gas and water cannons, these are valued with stones and flagpoles.

On September 12, the anniversary of the coup by General Pinochet, supported by US imperialism, it came to fights between the protesters and the police during a feminist demonstration in the capital of Chile, Santiago .


Also on September 12, the national teachers' strike took place in Colombia. In the capital Bogota, mostly young people from the demonstration attacked the police and fought for hours with against the old state.

In the city of San Carlos, students have successfully prevented the privatization of the public university of San Carlos. The students had occupied the central campus since July 29. Under pressure of the students, the university's chief of security was released, who in May of this year caused great anger by brutalizing protesting students.

After three soldiers were shot dead during a recruiting mission in poor neighborhoods, the government proclaimed national state of emergency on September 12 and de facto kept the country under military occupation. Despite meeting prohibitions the people carried their protest on the street.

In Haiti, it came for weeks to large protests against the state due the persistent fuel crisis, accompanied by fierce fightings. On 16 September, the unions called for a general strike, which resulted in building of barricades and burning tires in the capital, Port au Prince. Most shops, authorities and schools remained closed. During the fierce fighting, at least four demonstrators were murdered and one policeman killed.