Max Rennebohm

1989-90 - Beninese campaign for economic justice and democracy

In 1989 students, teachers and civil servants in Benin began strike actions in protest at the governments freezing of scholarships and the four month delay in wage payments in 1988. The government's stalling and repression dragged the campaign on into 1990 and escalated the conflict to the point where the regime crumbled.

1957: Colombian General Strike

Pinilla,  is escorted to a Senate hearing to answer charges of misco

A series of protest demonstration and a General Strike led to the downfall of the Dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla and the restoration of free elections. Unfortunately this left Colombia still in the hands of the Oligarchy

1946: Haitian Student Strike

In 1946 a group of Marxist students opposed to the Dictatorship of Elie Lescot, started a student movement that grew into a general strike ousting the Dictator.

Don't Make A Wave: The Campaign Against Nuclear Testing on Amchitka Island

Article on the history of the campaign to stop nuclear weapons tests on the Alaskan Island on Amchitka. The campaign would lead to the founding of Green Peace.

1931: Chileans Overthrow Dictator Carlos Ibañez del Campo

Demonstration against the Dictatorship in July 1931

In response to economic depression the Chilean state became a Dictatorship. In response Chilean students and workers engaged in a general strike and occupation of universities demanding a return to civilian rule.

Ovambo migrant workers general strike for rights, Namibia: 1971-72

Ovambo miners towards the end of the strike

In the winter of 1971-72 the economy of South West Africa (Namibia) was shutdown by a general strike of contract labourers challenged the economic system emplaced by Apartheid South Africa. The strike led to the scrapping of the contract system and is seen as a watershed moment, encouraging a rapid growth of opposition movements.