GUATEMALA: A Round for the Reds

Guatemala's 6,000 rail workers went out on strike. In all the republic not a boxcar moved; 2,000,000 bananas rotted on the tracks. Passengers stranded as long as 40 hours in strike-halted trains finally had to beg for food in mountain hamlets and hitchhike back into the cities. Cattle died in stock trains marooned on main lines and sidings.

Even troubled Central America had seen few strikes as cynical or strange. The walkout had nothing whatever to do with wages or hours. Union bosses called it, charging that the International Railways of Central America had refused to rehire seven workers previously...

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