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 Posted: Fri Jun 20th, 2008 02:24 pm
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Joe Kelley


Joined: Mon Nov 21st, 2005
Location: California USA
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In 1928, thousands of United Fruit workers went on strike, demanding a six-day work week, an eight-hour day, medical care, and payment in real money, rather than company scrip that could only be spent at the company store. They demonstrated peacefully in a town square. After a five-minute warning, the United Fruit-controlled Colombian government's military opened up with machine guns, killing an unknown number. United Fruit itself estimates at least 1,000 were killed, but the real extent of the massacre will never be known, since most of the bodies were probably dumped in the sea and buried deep in the forest. In other words, the incident was covered up.