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FIZZING: Colombians against Coca-Cola

Activists launched a consumer boycott of Coca-Cola products to protest killings, kidnappings and torture of union members working at the company's Colombian bottling plants. The campaign, titled "Unthinkable, Undrinkable," has been endorsed by labor activists in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. Organizers claim plant managers called on ultra-right paramilitary death squads to bully and assassinate workers from Colombia's Sinaltrainal food industry union, silencing demands for better working conditions.

They allege that nine Coca-Cola bottling employees have been murdered over the past 12 years. Union leaders accuse bosses of allowing paramilitaries access to the plants to scrawl graffiti...

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